DC area sees at least 8% of children 5 to 11 vaccinated

Less than two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommended that children ages 5 to 11 should receive the FDA authorized Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, D.C. area health officials say they have vaccinated at least 8% of that population.

Patrick Ashley, of D.C. Health, said on Twitter that with more than 3,500 vaccinations for those 5 to 11 at D.C. pop-up clinics alone, the District has reached the 8% milestone.

Virginia passed 8% of children 5 to 11 receiving the vaccine as of Friday, according to the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard.

Also in Virginia, 67% of those ages 12 to 15 have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 71% of those ages 16 to 17 have had at least one dose.

In Maryland, of those 9 and under, more than 28,000 have received one dose. Of Marylanders 10 to 19, more than 453,000 have received one dose, more than 394,000 have received two doses and 8,300 have received the one-shot dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Nationally, about 3% of newly eligible children 5 to 11 in the U.S. got first shots in the first week, but the rate of vaccinations varied widely around the country.

WTOP’s Luke Garrett contributed to this report.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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