Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Children Ages Five and Up
Following approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control, children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. In Wisconsin, that age group includes about 500,000 kids.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced on November 3 that all residents aged 5 years and older are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin and across the country.
Appointments can be scheduled using the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry or at Vaccines.gov. Additionally, Children’s Wisconsin offers a scheduling tool specifically for pediatric vaccine appointments.
Wisconsin COVID-19 Data
As of November 5, Wisconsin had administered about 6.53 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with 3.21 million Wisconsin residents or 55.1 percent of the state’s population fully vaccinated. As of November 16, the state’s seven-day average of new confirmed cases was 2,963 cases per day. That number peaked in November 2020 at around 6,500 cases per day. About 8,812 people with COVID-19 have died in Wisconsin.
Over the first six months of 2021, the seven-day average of positive tests out of total tests declined, from 10.2 percent on January 1 to 0.9 percent on June 29. It has since risen to 10.8 percent as of November 16. In 2020, the seven-day average of positive tests out of total tests peaked at over 17 percent in November.