The Bulletin Board

Vaccination rates continue to lag among state’s young people

By: - October 8, 2021 10:46 am
A person receives a vaccine

Only about 37 percent of residents ages 12-19 are fully vaccinated. (Getty Images)

At the end of the month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider Pfizer’s request to authorize emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. If New Hampshire’s vaccination rate of its younger residents is any indication, FDA approval won’t be the only hurdle here. 

The state is already struggling to get its younger residents fully vaccinated.

According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, only about 37 percent of residents ages 12-19 are fully vaccinated, a rate that has hardly changed since August, when it was 36.5 percent. (The state Department of Health and Human Services does not report vaccination rates by specific ages or a smaller age range.)

Meanwhile, cases among people 19 and younger have climbed significantly. The state’s age brackets make it difficult to compare case rates by specific ages, but in the last year cases among people ages 0-9 have increased by 7,950, to a current count of 8,214, and by 15,340 among those ages 10-19, to the current count of 16,059.

Since just the start of school, 1,715 people ages 0-9 and 2,609 between ages 10-19 have tested positive for COVID-19. 

There have been no deaths in either age group. Currently, 17 people between 0-9 and 15 people ages 10-19 are hospitalized.

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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.