Trinity Health is offering appointments to Minot and Williston area families seeking pediatric doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a recommendation Tuesday allowing for distribution of a smaller dose of the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11.
Minot area parents who would like to have their children aged 5 years and older vaccinated may call Trinity Health’s Pediatric Department for an appointment at 701-857-5413. The pediatric center is on the 3rd floor of Health Center – Medical Arts. Trinity Community Clinic – Western Dakota in Williston will also offer appointments for pediatric doses at 701-572-7711. Masks are required in all Trinity Health facilities.
Pediatric appointments are also available for seasonal flu vaccine for children aged 6 months and older. Minot area families may call the same pediatric appointment line at 701-857-5413. In addition, adult vaccines for COVID-19 and influenza can be scheduled by calling 701-857-2515.
Trinity Health pediatrician Anthony Udekwe, MD, urged families to get their young ones vaccinated. He said his own teenaged children got their shots once they were approved for their age group, and his youngest will receive hers soon.
“This is a health battle we must win,” he said. “Thank God we have vaccines available to help build herd immunity. Along with other safety measures such as social distancing and good hygiene, vaccination is our best shot. The vaccine is safe; the science is simple, and the evidence is apparent. I hope people will get their shot and bring the little ones in for theirs. It’s all for us, our community, and humanity in general.”
According to Pfizer, its pediatric vaccine is 91% effective in protecting kids 5 to 11 from symptomatic infections of SARS-CoV-2. The pediatric version is comprised of a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine — 0.2 milliliters compared with 0.3 for adults.