3.11 Percent Age 5-11 Now Vaccinated Here

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 3.11 percent of Montgomery County’s age 5-11 population had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday, Nov. 21

“As you may be aware, Pfizer has received FDA approval for use of its COVID-19 vaccine in individuals between the ages of five and 11,” the Montgomery County Health Department has posted on its website.  “If you have a child in that age range and would like to have them vaccinated, you can get their name on our list one of two ways.  You can call our office at 217-532-2001, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or you can email us your child’s name, date of birth, and the town they live in, to mchdpublichealth@gmail.com.”

On Friday, Nov. 19, IDPH, following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to open COVID-19 booster shots to all, is recommending anyone 18 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose six months after receiving their second Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or two months after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“For continued, ongoing protection, we are urging everyone who is eligible to get a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to get one,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “Scientific and medical experts have reviewed the data and found booster doses are beneficial.  While we need more people who are completely unvaccinated to get their first doses, we cannot risk losing some of the protection the vaccines have already provided due to waning immunity.”

Early data show that the vaccine’s effectiveness against COVID-19 infections is decreasing over time, according to IDPH.  The lower effectiveness is likely due to the combination of decreasing protection as time passes since getting vaccinated, as well as the greater infectiousness of the Delta variant.

While you should get the same type of vaccine for both your first and second doses, the CDC has said mixing and matching vaccines for booster shots is allowed.

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