COVID Vaccines Now Available For Children As Young As Five Years Old

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week granted emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children as young as five. This comes amid a steep rise in COVID cases across Colorado. COVID cases have been rising sharply in Colorado. straining the state’s hospital system. Unlike in the past waves, the current surge includes high caseloads among school-aged children. Angela Simental.

Angela Simental, spokesperson for Boulder County Public Health, says that Boulder County has one of the highest vaccination rates in the state and also a mask mandate for indoor spaces, but this hasn’t been enough to entirely avoid the current rise in cases.

Lizbeth Mendoza has been working with the county as a cultural broker to make sure Spanish-speaking residents have access to information. Mendoza says that what we’re seeing is that the number of children contracting COV ID is substantial, which is a tremendous incentive to get the vaccine.

According to official data, Boulder County has around 23 thousand children between the ages of five and eleven, which have become eligible for vaccinations as of this week. County health spokeswoman Simental says she expects demand to outstrip at first, but that the first step is to set up an appointment.

Simental encourages parents with doubts or questions about the pediatric version of the COVID vaccine to contact their physicians or to call Boulder County Public Health at 720 776 0822 answers are available in English or in Spanish.

Rossana Longo Better spoke with two Boulder County Public Health officials about the ongoing surge and the logistics of pediatric vaccination.

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