Essentia Health offers COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5

Parents with questions or doubts encouraged to speak to primary care physician.

Essentia Health is beginning to offer COVID vaccines for children under 5 years old.
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BRAINERD — Essentia Health pediatricians encourage COVID-19 vaccination of children ages 6 months through 4 years after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone in this age group should receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

“COVID-19 has been one of the biggest public health threats in a century, with millions of people tragically losing their lives prematurely across the globe,” Dr. Jonathan KenKnight, an Essentia pediatrician, said in a news release.

“Now that COVID vaccinations for children above 6 months old have been approved, we can help prevent serious illness and hospitalization among our youngsters," he said. "We urge you to reach out to your pediatrician or family practice provider to discuss vaccination opportunities for your child.”

The CDC’s approval follows guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Essentia will administer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for this age group in a three-dose series.

The initial two doses are administered three weeks apart followed by a third dose given at least eight weeks after the second dose.


At Essentia, vaccination appointments are required and can be made with the child’s primary care provider or pediatrician. Schedule through the MyChart patient portal (preferred) or by calling 833-494-0836.

Appointment availability will vary by location.

Essentia Health recognizes that parents may be wondering if vaccination is the right thing for their child. Accordingly, they encourage parents to reach out to their child’s primary care provider or pediatrician with any questions or concerns.

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