Officials Push To Vaccinate Kids 12 to 15
Could help get to herd immunity, officials across state sending consent forms to parents.
If federal regulators approve the Pfizer vaccine for use in children age 12 to 15, local health officials say it will be a big step in increasing overall COVID-19 vaccination levels in Wisconsin.
Public health official across Wisconsin, including Crawford County Public Health officer Cindy Riniker, are sending out vaccination consent forms to parents who want their children age 12-15 to receive a shot when this age group becomes eligible.
“I am hoping for a good uptake in the schools,” Riniker said. “Mainly we’re pushing the fact that if they’re in sports or extracurricular activities, and they are fully vaccinated, they do not have to quarantine if they come in contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19.”
In Waukesha that’s no longer an incentive. The Waukesha School District recently ended its quarantine policy for students and staff exposed to others infected with the coronavirus. Students and staff can still self-quarantine.
If the Food and Drug Administration expands use of the Pfizer vaccine, polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds about 29 percent of parents of children under age 18 say they would get their child vaccinated “right away.”
In Dane County, where vaccine uptake has been strong overall and 60 percent of 16- and 17-year-olds have received at least one dose, local health director Janel Heinrich is urging people to “beat the rush” and book an appointment or just show up before the next eligible group seeks shots.
There are between 25,000 and 30,000 children age 12 to 15 in the county who could become eligible to be vaccinated once federal health officials give clearance.
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