COVID-19 Vaccines Are Available For Children

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Riley Timinski, Journalism Class Reporter

Adults have been able to get the COVID-19 vaccine for almost a year, but young children have waited a long time for their dose. As of November 7, 2021, children ages 5-11 were eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“Covid vaccines are now available for children 5 years and older and the more people who get them, the better we’re going to be able to help stop the spread of Covid and keep everyone healthy,” CNN reporter stated. 

Children in this age group can receive this vaccine, free of charge, at their local vaccination clinics. They can also go to their local CVS, Walgreens, or other select pharmacies. 

Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for the 5-11 age group. The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for children is two-doses, 3 weeks apart, but the vaccine is not in full effect until 2 weeks after the second shot. 

These vaccines are 90.7% effective for this age group. This immunity will protect not only the young recipients, but their family’s. For vulnerable family members, having young children vaccinated will be another layer of protection. 

As of October 17, 2021, around 700 U.S citizens under the age of 18 have died from COVID-19. 146 deaths have been in the 5-11 year old age group. 

“Getting vaccinated is the best line of defense for ending the pandemic. It is a layer of protection that can prevent illness but, even more importantly, can drastically reduce hospitalizations and death,” Dr. Jill Sutton said when interviewed by Houma Today. “It is important for people of all ages 5 and older to get vaccinated.”