FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2021

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Children Ages 5 to 11

MILWAUKEE – Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now available without appointment for children ages 5 to 11 at Milwaukee Health Department health centers. Additionally, children who receive their COVID-19 vaccine at these sites will be given a free ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo while supplies last. All children under the age of 18 will require parent or guardian permission to receive the vaccine.

“This is another stride forward in our work to rid our community of COVID-19. Vaccination is the best way we can protect ourselves, our families, and our community,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “I encourage every parent of an eligible child to seek good information, talk to medical professionals, and make good decisions about vaccinations.”

“Our children have shown incredible resilience throughout the pandemic, and it’s time we reward them for their perseverance by getting them vaccinated,” said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson. “Vaccines remain our most effective tool against COVID-19, and I strongly urge all parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Children ages 5 to 11 years old will receive one-third of the adult dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and a second dose three weeks after the first shot. Smaller needles, designed specifically for children, are used to administer vaccine to this age demographic.

Although children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 compared with adults, it is still important for all eligible children to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, 19.7% of total confirmed cases of COVID-19 are within children under the age of 12.

Free vaccines are available without an appointment at the locations below. Additional vaccination opportunities can be found on Milwaukee.gov/COVIDvax and HealthyMKE.com.

Northwest Health Center
7630 W. Mill Rd.
*Former Mill Road Library
Mondays & Fridays: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12 - 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Southside Health Center
1639 S. 23rd St.
*Drive-thru site. Enter from 24th St.
Mondays & Fridays: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12 - 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Menomonee Valley Drive-Thru Site
2401 W. St. Paul Ave.
Monday, Wednesday, Fridays: 12 - 6 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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