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Westchester encourages children aged 5-11 to get COVID-19 vaccine

Westchester health officials focus on vaccinating children ages 5 to 11 against COVID-19.

More than 90% of all adults in Westchester have received at least one COVID-19 shot, and now the county is turning its attention to the newest group to qualify for a vaccine.

That’s because children ages 5 to 11 still make up 9% of the county’s COVID-19 cases.

And last week, 1.5 million New York children in that age group were eligible for the injection.

Officials say students exposed to COVID-19 who are asymptomatic can stay in school.

It also helps protect older family members who may not fight the virus as easily, especially in the lead up to holiday gatherings.

They say children are less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID if they are vaccinated.

Children ages 12 to 15 are still lagging behind the rest of the state in vaccination coverage — only 65% ​​have received at least one dose since May despite approval.

The entire press conference from Westchester County Executive George Latimer can be viewed HERE.