COVID vaccines for kids 5 years and younger arrive this week, MOA site opens for appointments

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Children ages 6 months to 5 years are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines in Minnesota.

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced Sunday night the Mall of America is now open for appointments for that age group.

The site is open Wednesday through Fridays from 1-8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Appointments must be set up by a parent or guardian who will accompany the child or children to get the shot. Appointments can be made here.

In addition to the Mall of America site, MDH says Minnesota’s provider network—primarily large medical systems, pediatricians, local clinics, and pharmacies—will also be equipped to administer most COVID-19 vaccines to children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. Vaccine shipments are expected to arrive to those providers in waves over the next week.

Those interested can find providers via the state’s Find Vaccine Locations map. Parents can also visit the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens page for more information.

State officials say that the site can accommodate up to 500 appointments a day.

Those with questions can call the MDH COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053.