ST. PAUL — Almost immediately after the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, May 10, authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced plans to begin vaccinating youth this week — once final federal guidance is received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This is an extraordinary development on our path back to normalcy — we now have nearly 300,000 more Minnesotans eligible to roll up their sleeves and get life-saving protection from this deadly disease,” Walz’s statement said. “We have been planning and preparing for this moment and are ready to begin vaccinating teens 12 and older.

The FDA’s go-ahead is not the final hurdle.

“Once it’s a CDC recommendation we’ll be adding some information about adolescents vaccination online, as well as guidance for clinicians vaccinating adolescents,” said Kristen Nordlund, a CDC spokesperson, in an email response to the Pioneer Press.

What does that mean for Minnesota kids in terms of the timeline for shots in arms?

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“The state will announce when final vaccination recommendations are available for providers, and we expect parents can make appointments for vaccinations later this week,” Walz’s statement said.

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How to get Pfizer vaccine in Minnesota

There are a number of ways to get a Pfizer vaccine:

  • Vaccine Connector: You can directly sign up for an appointment at one of the state Community Vaccination Program locations at VaccineConnector.mn.gov.
  • Vaccine Locator Map: You can use the Vaccine Locator Map to search for providers who are offering COVID-19 vaccine to Minnesotans ages 12 and older at mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/.
  • Vaccine Finder: You can also find COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Vaccines.gov, which allows you to filter by vaccine manufacturer and search for only Pfizer vaccine appointments.
  • Health Care Provider: You can also contact your child’s primary health care provider, local public health department, or a local pharmacy.