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More than 11,000 kids ages 5-11 have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Colorado

Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 4:04 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 8, 2021 at 5:43 PM MST
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DENVER (KKTV) - Colorado’s governor provided an update on COVID-19 on Monday.

You can watch the update at the top of this article. Gov. Jared Polis was joined by Dr. Eric Simoes, Primary Investigator of the Pfizer trial at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

During the news conference, it was announced that 11,313 kids ages 5-11 have received a COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado as of Monday. The governor’s goal is to protect 50 percent of kids ages 5-11 by the end of January. At the start of this week, 25 kids were in the hospital with COVID-19 in Colorado. Also joining the governor at the news conference were participants of the 5 to 11 Pfizer trial.

“What an honor to celebrate some really heroic kids and parents who volunteered to try out the vaccine months ago to ensure that it was safe and effective for the rest of us,” Gov. Polis said. “Thanks to their bravery, thousands of children across Colorado are now able to access the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine. On behalf of a grateful state, I thank the scientists, researchers, and trial participants who brought this lifesaving vaccine to us.”

Governor Polis added, as of Monday, one out of every 48 Coloradans is infected with COVID-19 due to the highly transmissible Delta variant.

“Now Colorado’s children have access to the COVID-19 vaccine and parents can have the much-deserved peace of mind that their children are protected from this virus,” Gov. Polis stated. “As kids across the state roll up their sleeves to get the vaccine, I urge my fellow parents and those who have put off getting protected to listen to the science and get the effective COVID-19 vaccine.”

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