Children age 5-11 now eligible for COVID vaccine

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance earlier this week recommending that children from ages 5-11 be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The recommendation comes after a spike in hospitalizations among children this summer due to the coronavirus. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working with this guidance and recommending that providers begin vaccinating this age group as soon as possible.

“It is important to get children ages five and up vaccinated as quickly as possible to save even more lives and reduce serious illness,” said MDHHS director Elizabeth Hertel. “Working together we can help some of our youngest Michiganders get back to more normal activities with friends, sports teams, classmates and more.”

According to the CDC, the vaccine has proven effective and in clinical trials the side effects were mild and similar to those of adults, with the most common side effect being a sore arm.

There have been more than 201,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in those of the age of 19 and younger and more than 450 children under the age of 12 are affected every day, according to a statement from MDHHS.

“We know these vaccines work and protect our children and their families. Even healthy children can suffer serious affects from COVID-19,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive. “The vaccines remain our way out of the pandemic, and more than 825,000 more children in our state are no eligible.”

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine. To find a vaccine provider in your area, visit Vaccines.gov.