State officials encouraged by vaccine trials for kids

Fri 4-2-2021

(St. Paul, MN)   --  State health officials are encouraged by the recent developments in the COVID-19 vaccine trials for kids. 

The trials for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are underway for children younger than 16.   Infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann says the Pfizer vaccine appears to be effective and she hopes to begin vaccinating younger kids by this fall.   Pfizer currently has the only vaccine approved for ages 16 and older. 

State epidemiologist Doctor Ruth Lynfield said that up to two-thirds of all positive cases in Minnesota last week were believed to be from the U-K COVID variant.