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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