Colorado ranks sixteenth in U.S for COVID vaccination rate

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 13, 2022

This week, Colorado surpassed a total of 4 million people vaccinated for COVID-19. This puts the state above the national average of 66% and at a ranking of sixteenth among U.S. states for COVID vaccination rates. The increased uptake in vaccines comes at a critical and uncertain point in the pandemic. With a new, highly transmissible variant of the virus spreading across the state and nation, many health officials are concerned about the lack of tools and strategies being enforced to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as we head into the summer.  

Children under age 5 remain ineligible for the vaccine, although Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval could be coming soon. A timetable released last month revealed that June 8 is the earliest the FDA will present data to advisers for their recommendation moving forward. The authorization and approval of these vaccines will be critical for families with young children, especially those who have faced significant child care disruptions due to the impact of COVID-19 in child care centers.  

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:  

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.