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With 5–11-year-olds now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine, Dr. Paul Mayer, Medical Officer with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE), is encouraging parents and guardians to talk with their child’s healthcare provider and make a plan for getting their child vaccinated against COVID-19. 

On Tuesday, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommended that children ages 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19. La vacuna pediátrica Pfizer-BioNTech es segura y proporciona una fuerte respuesta inmunitaria para niños de 5 a 11 años. COVID-19 vaccines have undergone – and will continue to undergo – the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. 

Although severe COVID-19 disease is less common in this age group, the highly contagious Delta variant makes it more likely that children will catch the virus and spread it to others. Not only can vaccinating children help protect them from getting COVID-19 and therefore reduce their risk of severe disease, hospitalizations, or developing long-term COVID-19 complications, they can also reduce disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission. 

“Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic and this is an important step to protecting our children, and those they come into contact with, from becoming severely ill with COVID-19. We understand that parents and guardians may have concerns and questions about this vaccine for their children. I encourage them to talk with their healthcare providers and review information from reliable sources, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and Colorado Children’s Hospital,” says Dr. Mayer.

LCDHE nurses are preparing to offer COVID-19 vaccines to 5–11-year-olds at their locations in Loveland and Fort Collins during special hours dedicated to vaccinating this age group. Starting later this week, parents and guardians will be able to make an appointment at www.larimer.org/covidvaccine for their child to get their first shot. LCDHE will begin vaccinating those ages 5-11 on November 8th. 

“It’s exciting to see a new age group become eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. All childhood vaccinations are important to keeping our community healthy, and we’re looking forward to providing kids in Larimer County with this strong layer of protection against this virus,” says Tiffany Kirsch, Senior Public Health Nurse with LCDHE.

Childhood vaccinations are a foundational part of protecting kids. Currently, recommended childhood immunizations are available to protect children from 14 different diseases. Because most families immunize their children, as a community we are able to best protect all children from the potential harms and risk of death associated with these diseases which include polio, meningitis, and hepatitis. The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine is an additional life-saving vaccination that can enhance the protection we already provide for our children. 

Larimer County vaccine clinic dates and times can be found at www.larimer.org/covidvaccine or by calling 970-498-5500 during the week. COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to anyone 5 years old and older.

Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as more is learned about this virus. LCDHE is encouraging Larimer County residents to view the latest credible information on COVID-19 at www.larimer.org/covid19 or www.CDC.gov/coronavirus.

Published on: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 3:24pm
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Media Contact:
Kori Wilford
Kwilford@larimer.org
970-222-2847

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