Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America
Children's vaccination rates remain stubbornly low in the U.S., particularly in rural parts of the country. Rates also vary drastically by state, KHN reports.
Why it matters: Children rarely get severe COVID cases, but it happens. Vaccinations are also a crucial tool for keeping schools open as Omicron rips through the country, experts say.
- Only 18% of children ages 5–11 are fully vaccinated, per the CDC, and 28% have received at least one dose. More than half of children 12–17 — who have been eligible for the shots significantly longer — are fully vaccinated.