Children ages 5-11 eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 11 years receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the CDC, the federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regarding their immigration or health insurance status. 

This is a big step for the country because for the longest time younger children were not eligible to get the vaccine, making them more susceptible to catching the disease. 

Children are as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as adults and can get very sick while having short and long-term health complications. 

According to the CDC, as of mid-October 2021, children ages 5 through 11 years have experienced more than 8,300 COVID-19 related hospitalizations and nearly 100 deaths from COVID-19 whereas, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District states that about 335 people under the age of 11 have reportedly gotten COVID.