Florida’s low childhood immunization rate worries doctors

LEESBURG, Florida – Some doctors in central Florida are concerned about the low COVID-19 vaccination rate among children in Florida.

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  • As of November 18, 6% of children aged 5 to 11 in Florida had been vaccinated against COVID-19
  • This vaccination rate is too low, according to a pediatrician
  • Children this age can infect older and younger people, doctors say
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As of Nov. 18, 96,000, or 6%, of children aged 5 to 11 in Florida have been vaccinated, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. Florida’s population includes 1.6 million children in this age group, the most recent eligible for the vaccine.

“It’s worrying because we don’t want to repeat what we saw in June and July,” said pediatrician Dr Mohammad Afzal.

Afzal said when in-person learning restarted in August, its pediatrician offices saw an increase in the number of patients infected with COVID-19.

The vaccination rate is far too low, he said.

“Children can spread COVID, and they can spread COVID to the elderly, as well as to those under the age of 5,” Afzal said.

The most vaccinated age group in Florida remains the 65 and over age group, the first group eligible for vaccines when they become available.

COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report
Week of: Nov 12 – Nov 18, 2021
Source: Florida Department of Health

age range Age group Population Percentage of vaccines
Total (5+): 20.8 million 68% (13.6 million)
5-11 years 1.6 million 6% (96,000)
12-19 years 1.9 million 56% (1.0 million)
20-29 years 2.7 million 57% (1.5 million)
30-39 years 2.7 million 66% (1.7 million)
40-49 years 2.6 million 74% (1.9 million)
50-59 years 2.9 million 79% (2.2 million)
60-64 years 1.4 million 86% (1.2 million)
65 and over 4.5 million 88% (3.8 million)

Jessica Popov has a son who is eligible for the vaccine and one who is still too young.

Popov said she had her eldest son vaccinated early to protect his health and help restore some normalcy to the family.

She said it was important to her as the holidays approach.

“This year we’re actually going to celebrate,” Popov said. “We had exposure to COVID in our extended family last year, so we had to cancel everything. Then we got COVID positive from this exposure, so we had to cancel all of our plans last year. “

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