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Monument Health to offer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 3, 2021) – With the final CDC recommendation that children age 5 to 11 should receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Monument Health will soon begin offering the pediatric vaccinations in Rapid City, Custer and Spearfish.

Vials of the special pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived this week, said Scott Peterson, Senior Director of Pharmacy for Monument Health. Dosage for children is lower than the adult doses.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its recommendation on Tuesday, the final step in the authorization process. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized its use for children 5 to 11. Clinical trials showed that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and provides more than 90 percent protection against symptomatic disease among children.

Families can make appointments by logging into their MyChart account, however a parent or guardian must have proxy access in MyChart to schedule. If you do not have a MyChart account you can only schedule by texting VACCINE to 844-736-4798 or by calling 605-755-1350. Learn more by visiting

In Custer, the pediatric vaccines are being administered at Monument Health Custer Clinic and in Spearfish at the Monument Health North Avenue Clinic. Adult vaccinations will continue to be offered at the Spearfish North 10th Street Clinic.

In Rapid City, vaccinations are available at the Monument Health vaccination clinic at the Rushmore Mall, the Family Medicine Residency Clinic and the Monument Health Urgent Care on Jackson Boulevard.

The Rushmore Mall clinic is currently open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, a special Saturday vaccination clinic is set for Nov. 13 from 7 a.m. to noon. The Saturday clinic will be convenient for families and children who are at work and in school during the week. The clinic is located at the east end of the Rushmore Mall. To get there, use the Main Entrance, go through the Food Court and follow the signs.


About Monument Health
Headquartered in Rapid City, S.D., Monument Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. The system offers care in 31 medical specialties and serves 12 communities across western South Dakota. With over 5,000 physicians and caregivers, Monument Health is composed of 5 hospitals and 38 medical clinics and specialty centers. Monument Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

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