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Altru Expands Access to COVID-19 Vaccines to Children 12 and Older

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Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru is excited to announce children 12 and older are now able to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in all our primary care clinics beginning Tuesday, May 11. Anyone seeking a COVID-19 vaccination is required to have consent from a parent or legal guardian. We ask parents in our community to have a conversation with their children about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Having our young people immunized against COVID-19 brings back all that’s good,” said Dr. Joe Shelton, a pediatrician at Altru. “Altru’s providers are here to answer any questions you have about the vaccine. We want to help our community get vaccinated.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for adolescents 12 through 15 years of age.

"In Pediatrics, we take care of a lot of children with complex medical diseases,” said Dr. Jennifer Peterson, a pediatrician at Altru. “The COVID-19 vaccine will reduce a child’s risk for severe illness and hospitalization. We have some very happy patients and families who have been looking forward to a COVID vaccine for children that is both safe and effective."

To schedule an appointment, please call the COVID Hotline at 701.780.6358 or use and select “Scheduling an Appointment for COVID Vaccine.”

Altru is an enrolled provider for the COVID-19 vaccine and follows the North Dakota Department of Health recommendations and guidance related to the distribution of the vaccine.

Altru will share additional updates through local media, social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and on our website:

About Altru Health System 

Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Altru Health System is a physician-led, multispecialty group practice with an acute care hospital, Level II trauma center, specialty hospital, more than two dozen Grand Forks and regional practice locations, and a large home care network. Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, extending Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to the patients we serve. For more information, visit