Covid Vaccine available soon for kids 5 to 11-years old
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As the Covid-19 number continues to rise, parents are becoming curious about when children younger than 12 may be eligible for the vaccine.
Wyoming is currently sitting last in vaccinating eligible kids with the Covid vaccine in the nation. The Laramie county vaccination rate is sitting at about 32 percent for kids.
“Vaccinating children helps develop herd immunity for all of us so that the adults who are much higher risk of having a serious complications or death from covid will be relatively more protected. The more people are vaccinated in the community against covid,” said Dr. April Kranz, M.D. Pediatric Hospitalist at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
According to Dr. Kranz, kids infected with Covid/Delta have gone way up since July, leading to more hospitalizations regionally.
Kranz says that help may not be too far off. The Pfizer trials started in March for children, and vaccinations for kids 5 to 11-year-olds will be available in October.
“The 2 to 5 year age group should be coming after this and then the 6 months to two years we anticipate after that,” said Kranz
The number of pediatric cases peaked on Sept. 5 to 11th when 105 new pediatric Covid patients sprung up.
“We definitely are seeing more respiratory illness in kids with Covid infection since the summer than we did last year,” said Kranz.
This occurred about two weeks after the LCSD1 school year started with no mask protocol. A special school board meeting held on Sept. 8 for LCSD1 voted to re-instate a mask mandate when the number of quarantine staff and students jumped to 1,000.
Additionally, Wyoming has continued to remain a high-risk state.
Since the public school system started mandating masks again, the number of pediatric cases has decreased.
“Since then weve gradually been coming down ‚so this past week we’re at 69 the lowest level of pediatric cases that we’ve had in the county since school started,” said Kranz.
Quarantine numbers are also down to 350.
Age groups have also separated test groups from 6 months to 2 years old and 2 to 5 years old.
Pfizer trials are currently testing 4,508 children in the U.S. Finland, Poland, and Spain.
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