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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Urges Parents to Vaccinate Kids for COVID as Soon as Possible

Thursday, November 4th, 2021 -- 1:01 PM

(Bob Hague, WRN) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services would like to see kids ages 5 to 11 vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Wetergaard said, “Getting your child vaccinated against COVID-19 not only helps protect them . . .but it also helps protect those around them. Their family, their friends, classmates and teachers. We are urging parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated as soon as they can.”

He continued, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off Tuesday, on administering the Pfizer vaccine to millions of kids in that age range. Recent data shows that children are getting infected and transmitting the virus as readily as adults, even though half of them show no symptoms.”

Dr. Wetergaard understands many parents remain hesitant. “It’s okay to have questions and be hesitant. Not all parents are going to get their kids vaccinated right away. But our hope is that they all get vaccinated eventually and hopefully soon.”

About a third of parents want to vaccinate their 5-to-11-year-old kids “right away,” according to a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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