• By Joel Streed

COVID-19 vaccination for kids age 5 and younger starting the week of July 4 at most Mayo sites

July 1, 2022
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COVID-19 vaccine recommendations have been extended to include children age 5 and under. Mayo Clinic will begin offering vaccine doses to all eligible patients the week of July 4.

COVID-19 vaccine recommendations in the U.S. have been expanded to include children ages 6 months to 5 years, following meetings of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18.

Mayo Clinic will begin offering vaccine doses to all eligible patients the week of July 4.

COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This includes studies in children 6 months to 5 years of age.

New vaccine recommendations

The new vaccine recommendations include:

  • Children ages 6 months to 4 years of age can receive a three-dose primary series of the Pfizer vaccine or a two-dose primary series of the Moderna vaccine.
  • Children who are 5 years old can receive a two-dose primary series of either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine.

Mayo Clinic's plans

COVID-19 vaccinations across most Mayo Clinic locations will begin the week of July 4 for children ages 6 months–5.

Patients eligible for the initial series of COVID-19 vaccine at Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System locations have been identified and will be contacted through Patient Online Services to schedule an appointment.

Beginning Tuesday, July 5, parents and legal guardians may schedule appointments for children ages 6 months – 5. They can schedule their children's appointments to be vaccinated for COVID-19 using their Patient Online Services caregiver account or the Mayo Clinic app. If they don't have a caregiver account for their child, they should call Mayo Clinic Customer Assistance at 877-858-0398. To schedule an appointment, please visit MayoClinic.org and find vaccination options for your location listed at the bottom of the website’s page.

Rochester, Minnesota Primary Care

Beginning Thursday, July 7, vaccinations for children age 5 and younger will be available. On Tuesday, July 5, patients can use Patient Online Services or call their local primary care appointment office to schedule an appointment.

Mayo Clinic recommends that everyone, including children, be vaccinated for COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of getting infected with COVID-19, or of becoming seriously ill or dying if infected. The more children who are vaccinated, the harder it is for COVID-19 to spread and produce variants. This also keeps daycares and schools open and available.