The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends that parents and guardians of children ages 5 to 11 develop a plan to have their children vaccinated against COVID-19, the department said Friday.
The announcement comes as the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) advisory committee on immunization practices is scheduled to meet on November 2 to discuss recommending a COVID-19 vaccine for the age group. The CDC will make a final recommendation after the talks.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment maintains that vaccination is the most effective way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to avoid the worst consequences such as hospitalization or death.
âBeing able to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 will be a crucial step in our response to COVID-19,â said Dr. Eric France, chief medical officer of the department in a statement. âVaccines are the best protection against COVID-19, and we’re excited to soon be able to provide this extra protection to more children in Colorado. We are rolling out a statewide campaign to ensure that vaccines for this age group are readily available and easy to access for Coloradians. “
The ministry recommends that parents talk to their children about the vaccine and answer any questions they may have. It might also be helpful to hold them accountable in the process by allowing them to decide which arm they would like to be shot in, the department said.
The vaccine will be available in many of the same places that currently offer vaccines to adolescents and adults, such as doctor’s offices, pharmacies, community vaccination events and more. The department also notes that Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act allows parents and guardians to take paid time off to take their child to an immunization appointment or care for children if they experience any effects. side effects of the vaccine.