LifeCare Public Health will be offering Pfizer Vaccination for 5-11 years starting the week of November 14th, and will continue to offer weekly opportunities to receive a vaccination. Please call 463-4751 to be scheduled for an available upcoming clinic.
- Location: LifeCare Public Health Office
- Appointments ONLY
- A parent or guardian must accompany all children 5-11 years old in order for the child to have a Covid vaccination. Parents are encouraged to accompany any children under 18 years old AND must give written consent.
Other area partners that plan to provide opportunities for this age group:
- Altru Clinic Roseau
- Altru Clinic Warroad
- Altru Clinic Roseau
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11
Children age 5-11 years old have the option to get the Pfizer vaccine. This is the only vaccine authorized for children age 5-11 at this time. (11.12.21)
- The Pfizer vaccine for children age 5-11 is a smaller dose of vaccine than the Pfizer vaccine for people age 12 and older.
- The Pfizer vaccine for children age 5-11 is packaged differently, so you will want visit a vaccine location that has the ‘children’s’ dosage.
- Your child will need two doses of this vaccine. They should get the second dose 3 weeks after the first dose. It is important to get both doses of vaccine for the best protection against COVID-19.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect children ages 5 years and older from getting COVID-19. Vaccinating children can help protect family members, including siblings who are not eligible for vaccination and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected. Vaccination can also help keep children from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19. Vaccinating children ages 5 years and older can help keep them in school and help them safely participate in sports, playdates, and other group activities.
Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11
In their review, the FDA, CDC and independent advisory committees have all found Pfizer vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds is safe for children. It has been carefully studied in children ages 5 to 11 years old, just like it was for people 12 and older. This process is called a clinical trial and all authorized vaccines have gone through it. Only vaccines shown to be safe and effective are authorized to be used.
The Pfizer vaccine was determined to be 90.7% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 disease in children 5 to 11.
According to the FDA review of Pfizer data, there were no reports of myocarditis/pericarditis, anaphylaxis, or deaths. Common, mild side effects were less common in the 5- to 11-year-olds in the trial compared 16- to 25-year-olds.
The Pfizer vaccine that children age 5 to 11 will receive is a smaller dose than what is given to people age 12 and older. This is to meet the unique needs of younger children. The current Pfizer vaccine for 12 and up cannot be used for people age 5 to 11.
Now is the time to vaccinate your children age 5 and older. If you have questions about vaccines, your family physician/provider can be an excellent source of information. You can also get more information from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.