Nov 8, 2021 - News

Pediatric COVID vaccines administered in Colorado

A photo of a young girl holding a sticker that reads, "I got vaccinated."

Margaret Sponsler, 7, holds out a sticker after receiving a dose of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine at National Jewish Health in Denver. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

The moment many parents have eagerly awaited has finally arrived.

Driving the news: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week endorsed a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5–11, marking the final step in the approval process.

  • Colorado health officials began administering the shots to youngsters late last week, with clinics cropping up at kid-friendly spots like zoos and schools.
  • Gov. Jared Polis' administration aims to vaccinate about 480,000 children with the first dose by the end of January 2022.

Why it matters: Getting children vaccinated is key to shrinking Colorado's high case count and helping to weaken the impact of new variants, the state's top health officials say.

How to get the shot: Kids ages 5 to 11 can now get inoculated for COVID-19 at pediatric clinics across the state, along with some doctor's offices, pharmacies and county-run vaccine events.

What to watch: The CDC's green light of vaccines for kids may spark a new debate about whether schools should mandate the shots for that age group, particularly among parents who remain hesitant to immunize their children.

  • School districts across the state are calculating their next moves, though none have yet mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for students.

The big picture: Vaccinating kids will reduce COVID transmission nationwide by 8% between November and March 2022, CDC modeling suggests.


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