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Ohio is ramping up COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11

Cincinnati Pediatric Nurse Denishia Smith thanks Verity, 8, for a thank you card the girl gave her after getting her first COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.

Schools, children’s hospitals and public health clinics will be the epicenter of Ohio’s drive to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 against COVID-19.

A week after the effort, more than 34,000 Ohio children ages 5 to 11 have started the series of vaccinations by getting the first of two shots.

“Kids are used to vaccinations. They know the process and what to expect,” said Dr. Sara Bode, medical director of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s school-based health and mobile clinics.

More details:Nationwide Children’s Vaccinates First Children Ages 5-11 Against COVID in Columbus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 17. Children aged 12 years and older receive a dose of 30 micrograms, while children aged 5 to 11 receive a dose of 10 micrograms. The vaccine still requires two injections three weeks apart.