Eliza gets a COVID shot
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Vaccinations Gaining Speed Among Hoosiers Age 5 to 11

(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) – After a little more than two weeks of vaccinating Hoosier kids against COVID-19, about one in 14 has now gotten the first dose.

In the last four days, the Indiana Department of Health has reported 34,000 new vaccinations of kids age five to 11. That’s four times those reported in the first 12 days after the vaccine was approved for that age group.

Monroe County Health Department administrator Penny Caudill says nearly 300 kids got their shots Thursday night at a vaccine clinic in Bloomington. The department plans to hold vaccine clinics during the school day at schools which invite them. Caudill says one school has already turned in 100 consent forms.

Caudill says there was a similar burst of interest earlier this year every time vaccinations were opened to a new age group. She’s hoping the newest round doesn’t follow the second half of that pattern, with vaccinations dropping off after the first wave. Statewide, vaccinations peaked in April at 50,000 a day, a week after opening to 16-year-olds. By the time the vaccine was approved for five-year-olds this month, the average was down to 5,000.

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