IDOH: Less than 6,500 kids age 5-11 received first COVID-19 vaccine shot last week


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – Since expanding vaccine eligibility to kids 5-11, a number of younger children in Indiana have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH), 6,445 children age 5-11 received their first shot since it was approved last week. That is barely more than one percent of Hoosiers in that age category.

Just 1.1% of Hoosier children age 5-11 received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week (source: Indiana Department of Health)

Despite the low number of younger children receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine rollout is at its busiest levels since this past spring. The state is administering more than 18,000 shots per day, with most being boosters. The 7-day average of shots administered peaked at just over 22,000 per day in late October.

COVID-19 vaccinations have picked up in recent weeks in Indiana, largely due to a high number of booster shots being administered (source: Indiana Department of Health).

Across the state, just under 3.3 million Hoosiers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That is more than half of the eligible population, but still below national averages.

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