Governor Lamont and Public Health Commissioner Juthani announce COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children aged 5 to 11
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr Manisha Juthani today announced that COVID-19 vaccines are now available for administration in Connecticut to elderly children from 5 to 11 years old. The availability of vaccines for this age group follows recent recommendations from the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With the announcement, nearly all school-aged children in Connecticut are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This deployment is an essential tool to help keep children in school and protect not only the children themselves, but also their parents, family members, teachers and school staff. It is estimated that approximately 277,630 children between the ages of 5 and 11 live in Connecticut.
Children and families have several convenient options for where to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut, including:
- Pediatricians: Hundreds of pediatricians administer COVID-19 vaccines in Connecticut. However, not all pediatricians have the vaccine. If a pediatrician does not offer the vaccine, refer to one of the additional options.
- Pharmacies: Hundreds of pharmacies offer COVID-19 vaccines to children, including many CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid and other chain stores and independent drugstores across Connecticut. Pharmacies provide a safe and convenient place to receive a vaccine. Pharmacies have provided special training for their pharmacy staff to provide vaccines to young children.
- School clinics: The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut State Department of Education are collaborating to offer on-site clinics in schools statewide. These will be run either by school health centers or by special mobile teams specially trained to offer vaccines to young children. Information on these clinics will be provided by individual schools or districts.
- Other locations: In addition to the above, several health systems and local health departments will offer COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 5 to 11.
For more information on where children and adults can get COVID-19 vaccines in Connecticut, including a search tool to find the closest available locations, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine.
“It is particularly important that COVID-19 vaccines are available for children aged 5 to 11, as almost everyone will now have access to this tool that saves lives,” Governor Lamont said. âKeeping students in school has been one of my top priorities, and having vaccines available for more children is an important part of that effort. I’ve heard from all of my public health advisers, and they are clear in their advice: this vaccine is safe for children and it works. I ask all Connecticut residents to help us continue to be a national vaccine leader and get your children vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. “
“The data is clear – the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children aged 5 to 11,” Commissioner Juthani said. âWe have a fantastic network of providers – including pediatricians, pharmacies, school clinics and local health departments – who are ready to administer this vaccine to children in Connecticut. I encourage parents and families to protect themselves and their children.
Dr Jody Terranova, who serves on the executive board of the Connecticut section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is also the organization’s representative for immunization, said, âFor months, pediatric practices have offered vaccines to children 12 years of age and older, and this has been a source of relief and safety for these children and their families. I am delighted that the COVID-19 vaccine is now available for a much larger cohort of our children. Although children often have milder cases of COVID-19 than adults, they still get sick – and some children are currently struggling with a long COVID as well. Getting this vaccine is the right thing to do to keep our children and families safe. “
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