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Connecticut prepares to deploy 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for kids

Governor Ned Lamont said the state of Connecticut has ordered 100,000 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 after an FDA advisory panel approved the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in children as young as 5 this week.

Lamont said the state is working closely with primary care doctors, health clinics and schools to distribute the vaccines.

“Everything with parental permission,” he said. “We’ve got to be really careful about this. You have to bring people along, you just can’t jam it.”

Pfizer’s data shows the vaccine is safe for kids, and more than 90% effective in preventing infection. An advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to consider approval next week.

Lamont said the state is watching for the possibility of future case waves, and said he’d like people to keep wearing masks in the meantime.

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Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He fell in love with sound-rich radio storytelling while working as an assistant reporter at KBIA public radio in Columbia, Missouri. Before coming back to radio, he worked in digital journalism as the editor of Newtown Patch. As a freelance reporter, his work for WSHU aired nationally on NPR. Davis is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism; he started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.

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