AURORA, Colorado – Some of the youngest Coloradans received their first dose of the Pfizer two-shot regimen, marking the official start of ongoing vaccination appointments made available to children ages 5-11 through a partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Will Health and Environment and Colorado Children’s Hospital.
On Friday, Governor Jared Polis visited the first vaccination clinic held at the Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Children’s Hospital.
“If you are the parent of a 5-11 year old, get vaccinated,” Polis said.
The state and Children’s Colorado estimated that 5,000 children ages 5-11 received their first dose of Pfizer on Sunday.
Avery, only 9 years old, said she was happy to have her first vaccine.
“Soon I’ll have the second and soon I’ll be fully vaccinated,” said the fourth grader. “I want to get it so I can see my friends and family more and stay healthy and not get this virus. ”
The expanded vaccine eligibility follows a surge in pediatric COVID-19 patients in the state.
“In fact, last month we had the highest number of children with COVID in our intensive care unit since the pandemic began,” said Dr. David Brumbaugh of Children’s Colorado.
Brumbaugh encouraged parents to consider vaccinating their children and praised the vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing hospitalizations and serious illness.
“This is a step forward towards what we all crave for our children: normalcy.” said Brumbaugh.
On Wednesday, 50 children ages 5-11 also received their first dose of Pfizer at National Jewish Health.
Polis said pediatric vaccinations will be added to the state’s vaccination rate on an ongoing basis.