COVID-19 vaccines available for 6 month to 4-year-old kids at Sanford

Sanford Health is now offering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children 6-months of age and older. According to a release, this is the final group in the US that has been approved to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, with the CDC’s endorsement earlier this month.

The vaccine for this age group, six months to four years old, is a three-dose series. The first two shots are administered three to eight weeks apart and the third is given at least eight weeks after the second dose.

Dr. Colleen Swank, a pediatrician at Sanford Bemidji, says the vaccine is proven to be safe and effective in reducing the risk of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in children.

“It’s a long-awaited milestone for this age group,” said Dr. Swank. “The vaccine will continue to be the safest and most effective tool to fight this virus and the inevitable variants along with it.”

Parents and guardians can begin scheduling their children’s vaccine appointments with their primary care provider, either by using MySanford Chart or calling their preferred Sanford Health Clinic.

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