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COVID-19 vaccinations approved for children ages 5-11

Recently the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 for children ages 5 to 11 years old.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends COVID-19 vaccinations in children ages 5-11 years old. Some children with disabilities and medical complexities may be at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Families and caregivers are strongly encouraged to consider vaccinating children with disabilities and medical complexities.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has information on the COVID-19 vaccine in many languages, including American Sign Language, and audio-described videos.

MDH also has a guide about the COVID-19 vaccine specifically for family members and trusted supporters of children with disabilities. You can find it here: COVID-19 Vaccine for Youth with Special Needs or Disabilities: Information for Caregivers. You can find this guide in multiple languages here.

 

How to make getting the vaccine and information more accessible

Accommodations are possible, such as getting the vaccine in the car or a private room, dimmed lighting, and more. More information about accessibility and accommodations can be found here: Best Practices for COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Sites: Disability-related Accessibility.

 

Where do I get my child vaccinated?

To find a location for vaccinations, visit the state of Minnesota’s webpage Vax for Kids.

If you have an older child (12 to 17 years old) that has been vaccinated recently, or will be vaccinated soon, you can also register to win prizes and scholarships.