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11/02/2021

Governor Lamont and Public Health Commissioner Juthani announce COVID-19 vaccines now available for children ages 5 to 11

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani, announced today that COVID-19 vaccines are now available to be administered in Connecticut to children ages 5 to 11. The availability of vaccines for this age group follows the latest recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With this announcement, almost all Connecticut school-age children are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This rollout is a critical tool to help keep children in school and protect not only the children themselves but also their parents, family members, teachers and school staff. It is estimated that about 277,630 children between the ages of 5 and 11 live in Connecticut.

Children and families have several convenient options for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut, including:

  • Pediatricians: Hundreds of pediatricians administer COVID-19 vaccines in Connecticut. However, not all pediatricians have the vaccine. If a pediatrician does not offer the vaccine, refer to one of the additional options.
  • Pharmacies: Hundreds of pharmacies offer the COVID-19 vaccines to children, including many CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid and other pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies throughout Connecticut. Pharmacies provide a safe and convenient place to receive a vaccine. Pharmacies have given their pharmacists a special training to give vaccines to younger children.
  • School-based clinics: The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut State Department of Education are collaborating to offer on-site clinics at schools throughout the state. These will be led either by school-based health centers or special mobile teams, which are specifically trained to offer vaccines to younger children. Information on such clinics will be provided by individual schools or districts.
  • Elsewhere: In addition to the above, several health systems and local health departments will offer COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11.

For more information on where children and adults can get COVID-19 vaccines in Connecticut, including a search tool to find the nearest available locations, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine.

“It is particularly important that COVID-19 vaccines be available to children aged 5 to 11, because now almost everyone will have access to this life-saving tool.” said Governor Lamont. “Keeping students in school has been one of my top priorities, and having vaccines available for more children is an important part of this effort. I have heard from all my public health advisers and they are clear in their guidance – this “Vaccine is safe for children and it works. I ask all Connecticut residents to help us continue to be a national leader in vaccines and get your children vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.”

“The data is clear – the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children aged 5 to 11 years,” said Commissioner Juthani. “We have an amazing network of providers – including pediatricians, pharmacies, school-based clinics and local health departments – who are ready to administer this vaccine to children across Connecticut. I urge parents and families to protect their children and themselves.”

Dr. Jody Terranova, who sits on the board of the Connecticut branch of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is also the organization’s immunization representative, said, “For months, pediatric practices have offered vaccines to children aged 12 and older, and it has been such a source of relief and safety for these children and their families. I’m glad the COVID-19 vaccine is now available for a much broader group of our children.Although children often have milder cases of COVID-19 than adults, they still get sick – and some children are currently also struggling with long-term COVID.Get this vaccine is the right thing to do to keep our children and families are safe. “

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