COVID vaccine now available to children ages 5-11

Staff Report

Here are the latest details on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the area:

• Vaccinations are now available for kids 5-11 years old after the CDC and FDA recommendations. Children may be vaccinated at many different types of providers, including local health departments, pediatricians, family physicians, community health centers, adult and children’s hospitals, and pharmacies.

“Today is a day that many children and numerous adults — parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, pediatricians, teachers, and coaches — have long awaited,” said Ohio Department of Health Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA. “The authorization of this COVID-19 vaccine for younger Ohioans is yet another crucial turning point in this pandemic, allowing us to better protect young children from severe complications from COVID-19. This deadly virus has killed more than 24,000 Ohioans, and has caused nearly 206,000 pediatric infections among those ages 17 and younger.”

While children are less likely than adults to get severely ill from COVID-19, they can become ill. As of Nov. 1, more than 2,000 Ohio children under 18 had been hospitalized with COVID-19, and 15 had died.

“Just like adults, when children become sick from COVID-19, they can spread it to others and suffer severe health outcomes, or even death,” said Dr. Vanderhoff. “When more people are vaccinated, it lessens the opportunity for dangerous variants to take hold, helping us to get control of this pandemic.”

• There were 144 new COVID cases reported last week by the Fulton County Health Department. That is up from 114 new cases the previous week.

As of Friday, there were 165 active cases in the county, which is down from 160 the previous Friday.

The week also saw 4 new deaths and 7 new hospitalizations.

Fulton County’s case rate increased to 505.6 per 100,000 over the previous two weeks. Overall for Ohio, the rate was 354.3, which was down slightly.

• Fulton County has had 6,322 overall cases as of Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 106 deaths reported in the county.

In Lucas County, there have been 58,206 total cases with 966 deaths, according to the health department.

• In Fulton County, 20,108 people, or 47.73% of residents, have at least started the COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday.

• COVID-19 vaccine is available Mondays at the Fulton County Health Department. It is also available at the Rite Aid locations in Archbold, Swanton, and Wauseon, the Swanton Kroger, and Wauseon Walmart.

The Health Department will offer the vaccine to 5-11 year olds on Nov. 18 from 2-6 p.m. Appointments are required.

• The Ohio Vax-2-School program has expanded to include youger Ohioans. Ohioans aged 5-25, or their parents or guardians, can enter online at once they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The program will award $2 million in scholarships, including 150 $10,000 scholarships and five $100,000 grand prize scholarships that can be used at an Ohio college, university, or career training opportunity.

The initial registration deadline is Sunday, Nov. 21.

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