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More than 129,000 kids ages 5-11 receive first COVID-19 vaccine dose in Washington state

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 5, 2021

Associated Press

Associated Press

OLYMPIA – More than 129,000 children ages 5-11 in Washington state have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine since eligibility expanded to include younger kids on Nov. 3, health officials said Thursday.

“While COVID-19 is often milder in children than adults, children can still get very sick and spread the disease to family and friends, which is an even bigger concern as people gather this holiday season,” said state Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah. “As a father, knowing our children are vaccinated helps me breathe a sigh of relief.”

Getting children vaccinated against COVID-19 can help lower their risk of infection, reduce their chance of getting seriously ill, and decrease their chance of hospitalization and death, according to health officials.

While current overall vaccination numbers are encouraging, pediatric vaccination rates range from nearly 26% in Puget Sound to less than 8% in the South Central and North Central regions.

Since the pandemic began, 13 children and teens age 18 and younger in Washington have died of COVID-19, officials said.

Everyone age 5 and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

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