How many Minnesota kids age 5-11 have received a COVID vaccine dose?
One in five Minnesota children age 5-11 has now received a COVID vaccine.
The state's vaccination dashboard shows that as of Nov. 22, a total of 102,202 5- to 11-year-olds have received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which was approved for use in young children on Nov. 2.
That amounts to 20% of all kids in that age range in the state, according to the data.
Gov. Tim Walz's office, in a news release earlier this week, lauded the increasing figures.
"Right now, thousands of families are stepping up to get their children vaccinated and boost their own protection," he said in an announcement. “I am proud of our state for meeting this moment and doing our part to curb this current surge."
That 20% figure means Minnesota ranks sixth in the nation for percentage of kids 5-11 who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, according to Walz's office.
Walz's administration has been urging parents to get unvaccinated children vaccinated, offering various incentives and providing a specific web page to help find vaccination sites for young kids.
It comes as the virus continues to run rampant throughout the state.
Schools continue to be hit hard as well. Among recent developments:
- Minnetonka elementary school reports 60 active COVID cases among students
- Shakopee Public Schools closes all of Thanksgiving week due to COVID
- COVID surge leads to staffing shortage at Twin Cities school district
- Osseo Area Schools extends winter break to let staff 'de-stress and re-energize'
- Burnsville-Eagan-Savage schools move to distance learning to combat COVID-19 surge
“We need every eligible Minnesotan vaccinated to slow the spread of COVID in our schools and communities and help our overburdened hospitals," Walz said.