State Prepares for Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under 5 Years Old 


On June 15, Gov. Tim Walz announced Minnesota’s healthcare providers will be ready to vaccinate children six months and older against COVID-19, after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel voted to recommend vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna for that age group. 

Providers cannot vaccinate these children until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues vaccination recommendations. 

A CDC advisory committee is meeting on June 17 and 18 to consider FDA’s authorizations. Following full CDC authorization, the federal government then needs to ship vaccines to providers. Federal officials have projected that the first doses will arrive in Minnesota the week of June 19.  

Minnesota’s provider network – primarily medical systems, pediatricians, family practice providers, local clinics, and pharmacies – will administer most COVID-19 vaccines to children between six months and 5 years old.