More than 4,000 doses administered to children 5-11 at MOA vaccine clinic Wednesday – Saturday
[ST. PAUL, MN] — Since the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for children 5- to 11-years-old last week, Governor Tim Walz has visited a variety of vaccine clinics, highlighting the strong demand and robust provider network for child vaccinations across the state.
Governor Walz’s visits included the state-run COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic at the Mall of America and two pop-up community vaccination clinics at Brooklyn Center Elementary School and Minnesota Children’s Museum — who both partnered with the Walz-Flanagan Administration to host vaccination clinics serving children and families on-site. Photos from this week’s events are available online.
Mall of America
Governor Walz and Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm visited the Mall of America Community Vaccination Clinic last Wednesday to celebrate the authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5- to 11-years-old and highlight the more than 1,100 sites where children 5-11 can get the Pfizer vaccine in Minnesota.
Due to incredible demand among Minnesota families, all vaccine appointments were booked each day the MOA clinic was open this week, Wednesday through Saturday. More than 4,000 doses were administered to children 5- to 11-years-old at this location since Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the clinic was operating at the previous capacity of 500 doses per day. The site’s capacity tripled on Thursday and can now provide up to 1,500 shots to all eligible Minnesotans per day.
Brooklyn Center Elementary School
The Administration’s partnership with school districts to host in-school clinics kicked off on Thursday with vaccination events in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, and Duluth. Governor Walz, Commissioner Malcolm, and Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Heather Mueller visited the vaccination clinic at Brooklyn Center Elementary to greet students, teachers, and parents on the first day.
Nearly 30 schools across the state are scheduled to hold vaccination clinics on-site in the next two weeks.
Minnesota’s Children’s Museum
On Sunday, Governor Walz and Commissioner Malcolm visited the COVID-19 community vaccine clinic hosted by the Minnesota’s Children’s Museum in St. Paul to highlight the state’s partnership with community organizations to vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds.
Commissioner Mueller also visited a COVID-19 community vaccination clinic at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato, where kids who got vaccinated earned a museum Play Pass for the day.
Parents can learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens and find where to get their children vaccinated at mn.gov/vaxforkids .