Walz: Mall of America COVID-19 vaccine site may start taking appointments for Minnesota preschoolers next week

15 June 2022

Minnesota’s Mall of America community vaccination site could start taking appointments as soon as Monday to administer COVID-19 shots to preschoolers, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday.

Walz issued a statement following news that a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel voted Wednesday to recommend COVID vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna for children age 6 months to 5 years old.

Minnesota health care providers can’t give the shots until the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues a formal recommendation — a decision that could come this weekend.

Should the CDC recommend the vaccine for children as young as 6 months old, the Mall of America community vaccination site will begin administering the vaccine as soon as June 22, Walz said in the statement.

A network of 400 Minnesota clinics, retail sites and pharmacies would be ready as well within days of vaccine arrival.

“Many families have … long waited for their children to get a COVID-19 shot to help prevent severe illness and keep children in the classroom and activities,” Walz said.

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