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How many children are vaccinated against COVID in Illinois?  Here’s the data – NBC Chicago

As booster shots for children are authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and COVID cases are on the rise across the country and in the state of Illinois, how many children are already being vaccinated against the virus ?

The Illinois Department of Public Health has been tracking measures across the state.

Data on Friday showed that more than 60% of Illinois children ages 12 to 17 were fully immunized, while only 36% of those ages 5 to 11 had completed a series.

Meanwhile, US government advisers said Thursday that children aged 5 to 11 should receive a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention quickly adopted the panel’s recommendation, opening up a third COVID-19 vaccine to healthy elementary-age children — much like what’s already recommended for everyone 12 and older.

The hope is that an additional injection will boost protection for children aged 5 to 11, as infections are on the rise again.

“Vaccination with a primary series in this age group has lagged behind other age groups, making them vulnerable to severe disease,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. communicated.

The United States is now averaging 100,000 new cases a day for the first time since February. And finally, CDC advisers pointed to growing evidence from older children and adults that two primary vaccinations plus a booster offer the best protection against new coronavirus variants.

“Perhaps it should always have been a three-dose vaccine,” said Dr. Grace Lee of Stanford University, who chairs the CDC’s advisory committee.

The recall question isn’t the hottest topic on vaccines: Parents are still eagerly waiting to be able to vaccinate their children under age 5 – the only group not yet eligible in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration has begun evaluating data from Moderna, which hopes to start offering two injections for children by the summer.

On Monday, Pfizer announced that three doses of its vaccine provide strong protection for children under 5 years old. Pfizer plans to provide the data to US regulators later this week to allow little ones to get vaccinated.

But even if that happens, the question remains how many parents will choose to have their children vaccinated.

“We’re really hoping to increase rates for 5 to 11-year-olds in particular,” said Dr. Jacqueline Korpics, a pediatrician at Cook County Health. “And soon we’ll have a vaccine for under 5s, so we’re hoping we’ll see a lot more children getting vaccinated.

Here’s a breakdown of vaccination numbers in the Chicago area for children ages 5 to 17, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Illinois (as of 05/20/2022)

5-11 years – 40.38% at least one dose of vaccine, 36.40% completed a series of vaccines

12-17 years old – 67.67% at least one dose of vaccine, 62.30% completed a series of vaccines

Chicago (as of 05/20/2022)

5-11 years – 53.96% at least one dose of vaccine, 47.22% completed a series of vaccines

12-17 years old – 90.18% at least one dose of vaccine, 81.02% completed a series of vaccines

DuPage County (as of 2022-05-20)

5 to 11 years: 53.90% have at least one dose of vaccine; 50.28% completed a primary vaccination

12 to 17 years old: 79.41% have at least one dose of vaccine; 74.65% completed a primary vaccination

Will County (as of 05/20/2022)

5-11 years 38.51 at least one dose, 35.30% completed primary vaccination

12-17 years 67.51% at least one dose, 62.85% completed primary vaccination

Lake County (as of 2022-05-20)

5-11 years 52.63 at least one dose, 48.20% completed primary vaccination

12-17 years 80.77 at least one dose, 75.17% completed primary vaccination

McHenry County (as of 2022-05-20)

5-11 years 36.60% at least one dose, 34.03% completed primary vaccination

12-17 years 61.45% at least one dose, 57.91% completed primary vaccination

Cook County Suburb (as of 2022-05-16)

For residents aged 5 to 11: 46.2% have at least one dose of vaccine; 36.5% have completed a series of vaccines.

For residents aged 12 to 15: 74.4% have at least one dose of vaccine; 52.7% completed a series of vaccines.

For residents aged 16 to 18: 82.9% have at least one dose of vaccine; 58.6% completed a series of vaccines.

Source: Cook County Public Health Department

DeKalb County (as of 2022-05-20)

5-11 years 31.58% at least one dose, 29.02% completed primary vaccination

12-17 years 58.47% at least one dose, 54.79% completed primary vaccination

Kendall County (as of 2022-05-20)

5-11 years 39.33% at least one dose, 36.33% completed primary vaccination

12-17 years 74.22% at least one dose, 69.82% completed primary vaccination

Kane County (as of 2022-05-20)

5-11 years 37.98% at least one dose, 34.61% completed primary vaccination

12-17 years 66.82% at least one dose, 62.51% completed primary vaccination

Grundy County (as of 05/20/2022)

5-11 years 23.47% at least one dose, 21.08% completed primary vaccination

12-17 years 50.49% at least one dose, 46.36% completed primary vaccination

County of LaSalle (as of 05/20/2022)

5-11 years 25.67% at least one dose, 21.21% completed primary vaccination

12-17 years 48.74% at least one dose, 46% completed primary vaccination

Kankakee County (as of 05/20/2022)

5-11 years 18.81% at least one dose, 16.88% completed primary vaccination

12-17 years 40.74% at least one dose, 38.05% completed primary vaccination

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