Gov. Polis remarks on vaccine rollout for children ages 5-11
Last week, with approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine doses became available for children 5-11 years old. Since this endorsement, Colorado has started statewide rollout of the vaccine.
Speaking on Nov. 8 from the steps of the capitol, Governor Jared Polis provided initial updates on pediatric vaccination efforts. As of Monday, over 11,000 children ages 5-11 have received a COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado. Approximately 480,000 Colorado children – about 8% of the state population – are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Gov. Polis shared the goal of reaching a pediatric vaccination rate of at least 50% by the end of January.
On Monday, Gov. Polis stated that one out of every 48 Coloradans currently has COVID-19 because of the ongoing presence of the highly transmissible delta variant. Increasing vaccination plays a significant role in combatting both the spread of COVID-19 and avoiding its potential and dangerous complications. Vaccination also helps prevent the development of new and more dangerous COVID-19 variants that could impact us all. There are a variety of ways to seek out a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for both you and your children. Resources to help you find a COVID-19 vaccine for your child are listed below:
- Pediatric clinics across the state are now offering the vaccine to children 5-11. Find upcoming clinics for kids here.
- Some retail pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens, are now taking pediatric vaccination appointments. Find a pharmacy appointment near you here.
- Since Nov. 6, all mobile vaccination clinics offer vaccines for children 5-11. Find an appointment at a mobile vaccination clinic near you here.
- Dozens of county providers now take appointments for children 5-11. Find the updated list of providers and their contact information for scheduling here.
Read more about the importance of the CDC’s approval here.