The News-Times

Kids’ low vaccinatio­n rates called a ‘gut punch’


Distrust, misinforma­tion and delays because of the holidays and bad weather have combined to produce what authoritie­s say are alarmingly low COVID-19 vaccinatio­n rates in U.S. children ages 5 to 11.

As of Tuesday, just over 17 percent were fully vaccinated, more than two months after shots became available to the age group. While Vermont is at 48 percent, California is just shy of 19 percent and Mississipp­i is at only 5 percent.

Vaccinatio­ns among the elementary school set surged after the shots were introduced in the fall, but the numbers have crept up slowly since then, and omicron’s explosive spread appears to have had little effect.

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