Adolescent COVID-19 vaccinations lag across US

 

Only 47% of the nation’s 12- to 17-year-olds are vaccinated against COVID-19, and in nine states, less than a third of eligible teens are vaccinated.

The statistics, as reported by CNN, demonstrate the geographical gaps in vaccination seen in the country: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee in the South have less than 30% of adolescents vaccinated, as do North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Across the country, 76.2% of Americans 12 and older (the group that is eligible) have received at least one dose of vaccine and 65.8% are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among adults, 78.0% have received at least one shot and 67.6% are fully vaccinated. The agency’s COVID Data Tracker shows 56.2% of Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 65.1% have received at least one dose, and 3.6% have received a booster shot.

Also today, the CDC announced that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet on Nov 2 and 3 third to discuss use of the Pfizer vaccine in children ages 5 to 11, following a Food and Drug Administration meeting on Oct 26.

 

 

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