Sanford, Essentia ready with child COVID-19 vaccines

Photo by: Essentia Health Fargo
Photo by: Essentia Health Fargo

(Fargo, ND) -- Representatives from Sanford and Essentia say they are ready to go with COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages five to eleven.  

The CDC officially approved the Pfizer vaccine for children this week. Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners have all recommended the vaccine for children.

“This is a significant milestone in protecting our young patients and putting an end to this pandemic,” said Melissa Horner, M.D., pediatrics department chair at Sanford Fargo. “The vaccine is safe and effective. As a children’s physician, I am grateful that we are now able to offer this vaccine for children and our community.”

Sanford Health will begin scheduling and administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 on Thursday by MyChart, or calling 1(877) 701-0779.