© 2022 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WEDH · WEDN · WEDW · WEDY · WNPR
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Connecticut children 5 and up eligible for new COVID-19 booster while just half are vaccinated

COVIC Vaccine Clinic
File: Joe Amon
/
Connecticut Public
5-year-old Cass Cordoba watches the lava lamp held by his sister as EMT Caroline Moretti with Griffn Health gives him the shot during the COVID Vaccine Clinic for children at Elm City Montessori School, November 06, 2021.

The state’s top public health official is advising parents to get their elementary-age kids the COVID-19 bivalent booster which was recently approved for children as young as 5.

“As we're going into this winter season, I'm very hopeful that those parents that came out to get their children vaccinated will get their children this booster as well,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani. “The most recent variants [BA.5 subvariant] that are circulating, will be covered by this newer booster shot.”

Juthani is on a mission to not just get the state’s youngest boosted, but vaccinated as well. Just 51% of children between the ages of 5 and 9 received their initial COVID-19 vaccine, according to data reported to the CT WiZ immunization information system as of Oct. 11.

“I haven’t given up on getting more children, their primary series,” she said. “Within two months of that, they would be eligible to get this new booster as well.”

According to the DPH, there is no shortage in supply, but residents may not be able to find availability on the weekends they walk-in to some pharmacies.

“But, usually if you go within a five-mile radius of a given pharmacy, you can find other pharmacies that have appointments,” Juthani said.

She said parents on the fence, if worried about myocarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle, should know that the COVID-19 infection also can cause myocarditis. They should think about “how the benefits of vaccination may be better than the harms from the disease itself.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says, “The known risks of COVID-19 illness and its related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death, far outweigh the potential risks of having a rare adverse reaction to vaccination, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis.”

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are free in Connecticut. To book an appointment online, vist CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, the DPH Yellow Van, and the state COVID-19 portal.

Sujata Srinivasan is a Senior Producer for 'Where We Live,' the flagship news-based, call-in talk show from Connecticut Public Radio, featuring deep dives at the intersection of data-driven narrative and investigative long-form journalism. She's also an editor for the Connecticut Public newsroom.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.

Related Content