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3.5 percent of NH children under 5 have received at least one COVID vaccine dose, analysis finds

By: - August 2, 2022 2:48 pm
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The state Department of Health and Human Services is recommending parents get their child vaccinated for COVID-19 at their pediatrician’s office. (Saul Loeb | Pool | Getty Images)

New Hampshire is 14th among all states for the number of children under 5 who’ve received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. It ranked Vermont and Massachusetts second and third, respectively.

The data was released in late July, about a month after the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization to Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 6 months to 5 and Moderna’s for children 6 months to 6. The Pfizer vaccine is given in three doses, the Moderna vaccine in two.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is tracking uptake of the new COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to 5. New Hampshire ranks 14th in the nation, with 3.5 percent of that age group having received at least one dose. (Screenshot)

According to the analysis, 3.5 percent of the New Hampshire children under 5 had received at least one dose as of July 22, the most recent data available. That’s above the 2.8 percent national average but lower than all New England states besides Rhode Island, which reported 3.2 percent of its under-5 population had received at least one dose. The foundation used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its study. 

The state Department of Health and Human Services is recommending parents get their child vaccinated at their pediatrician’s office. If that is not an option, there are 10 public health centers offering vaccines for children under 5, as well as dozens of Rite Aid, Walmart, and Walgreens locations, according to a vaccine map at vaccines.nh.gov. There are significantly fewer pharmacy sites listed in the North Country, but there are several public health centers. 

The department has also posted responses to frequently asked questions about the under-5 vaccine at that site.

Kaiser Family Foundation ranked the District of Columbia first at 14.4 percent, Vermont second at 10.3 percent, Massachusetts third at 7.2 percent, Maine sixth at 5.7 percent, and Connecticut ninth at 4.7 percent. 

The number of fully vaccinated Granite Staters over 5 is much higher at nearly 72 percent, according to the CDC. The number is even higher among those over 65 (95 percent) but significantly lower for those over 50 who’ve had a second booster dose (27.6 percent). Maine leads among New England states in second booster doses at 40 percent.

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Annmarie Timmins
Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.

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