NORTH DAKOTA — With the expected approval of COVID-19 vaccines for young children by the Food and Drug Administration, area health care providers are getting hoping to lower the cases of children testing positive.

"The age category with the most active cases in the states is the zero to 11-year-olds presently not able to be vaccinated, followed by the 30- to 39-year-olds," said Desi Flemming, director of Fargo Cass Public Health.

With the green light to vaccinate children 5 to 11 years old approaching, Fargo Cass Public Health is looking to change their model to support child vaccines.

"Our current public health mass vaccination model isn't ideal for vaccinating children," said Suzanne Schaefer, Fargo Cass Public Health's director of nursing.

She says the best way to reach children is through clinic providers.

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"This vaccine is going to be a good thing to protect those that have not been able to get vaccinated so far, and hopefully we'll start seeing a trend downward," said Sarah Nygaard, the clinical nurse supervisor at Sanford Health.

Nygaard says one of the biggest challenges of vaccinating young children is comfort.

"They're 5, and they're scared, and they know what's coming, and they don't want to get the shot. So that's a challenge in itself, just kind of working with the child and the parents to make sure that, you know, you're seated properly, and calming effects and education to the family," said said.