Jul 8, 2022 - Health
Children under 5 getting vaccinated at slower pace than previous groups
Children under the age of 5 are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at a slower rate than other age groups, according to the AP.
Driving the news: About 300,000 children between 6 months and 5 years of age, or about 2% of the age group, have received the COVID-19 vaccine since it became available, CNN reported.
- Fifteen percent of children ages 5 to 11 received the vaccine in the first three weeks after it was authorized, according to CNN.
Yes, but: U.S. officials expected vaccination to be slower among this age group, the AP noted.
- Parents will likely prefer to take their children to pediatricians' offices to get the shot, according to the AP.
- There is also greater hesitancy about the need to vaccinate children, who are less likely to develop severe illness or die from COVID-19, the AP noted.