Free COVID-19 vaccines now available for students 12 years and older
Thursday, June 10, 2021 5:15 AM

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Children ages 12 to 17 years-old can now get the two-shot Pfizer vaccine at state community vaccine sites such as the Mall of America in Bloomington and Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul. Vaccines are free. Families can also use the Vaccine Locator Map to find other locations
Health officials strongly encourage children in this age group to get vaccinated as soon as possible as it will help protect those who are not yet able to be vaccinated, like younger siblings.
Adolescents, like adults, may have some side effects after getting the vaccine, which are normal and a sign that their body is building protection against the virus. Side effects may include:
Pain, redness or swelling where the shot is given in the arm.
Tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever or nausea.
A parent or guardian must provide their consent for their child to get vaccinated as follows:
12- to 15-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
16- and 17-year-olds must receive permission from a parent or guardian, either in person or online beforehand through the appointment scheduling and registration process.
Families are also encouraged to get vaccinated at the same time as their children.
Remember: Individuals are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after their second Pfizer shot.