Over 10% of Michigan children ages 5-11 have received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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FILE — The vaccination rate for the 5-11 age group in Michigan has surpassed 10%.

FILE — The vaccination rate for the 5-11 age group in Michigan has surpassed 10%.

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With the COVID-19 vaccine being made readily available to younger age groups, more and more children are receiving it.

As of Nov. 19, more than 87,000 Michigan children received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging parents to make sure their child is vaccinated before the holiday season.

“Being able to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 with the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine- as we go into the holidays can help protect family members and friends of all ages as we gather to celebrate,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive, in a statement on Monday.

In the 5-11 age group, the vaccine has been shown to be nearly 91% effective at preventing the disease. This version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is administered in two doses much like the adult version, 21 days apart, and at a third of the amount of the adult dosage.

The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration and was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the 5-11 age group on Nov. 2.

Approximately 825,000 young Michiganders are currently eligible to receive the vaccine with more than 4,000 vaccine providers throughout the state to service this age group.

For more information on where to receive the vaccine, visit Vaccines.gov or call 211.