IDOH: Fewer than 6,500 children aged 5-11 received the first COVID-19 vaccine shot last week – Community News
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IDOH: Fewer than 6,500 children aged 5-11 received the first COVID-19 vaccine shot last week

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) — Since the vaccine’s eligibility expanded to children ages 5-11, a small number of younger children in Indiana have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH), 6,445 children ages 5-11 received their first injection since its approval last week. That’s barely one percent of Hoosiers in that age group.

Only 1.1% of Hoosier children aged 5-11 received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week (source: Indiana Department of Health)

Despite the low number of younger children receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine rollouts are at their busiest level since this past spring. The state administers more than 18,000 injections per day, most of which are boosters. The 7-day average of injections administered peaked at just over 22,000 per day at the end of October.

In recent weeks, COVID-19 vaccinations have picked up in Indiana, largely as a result of a large number of booster shots administered (source: Indiana Department of Health).

Statewide, just under 3.3 million Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s more than half of the eligible population, but still below the national average.