Lewis and Clark County backs CDC advice for kids to get COVID-19 shot

Mariah Thomas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all children 6 months to 5 years old should get their COVID-19 vaccine, according to a statement from Director Rochelle P. Walensky. 

Lewis and Clark County’s current COVID-19 risk level is at medium, with the county seeing a rise in cases over the past few weeks, according to Carin McClain, Lewis and Clark County’s COVID-19 vaccine coordinator. Between June 10-14, the county’s COVID-19 hub reported 16 COVID-19 cases in the 0-9 age group. As of 3 p.m. Monday, the county has 115 active cases of COVID-19.

“The CDC’s new guidance expanding eligibility to include all children 6 months through 5 years of age is an important milestone in our fight against COVID-19 and one that parents of young children and those of us in public health have been eagerly awaiting for quite some time,” McClain said Monday in an email to the Independent Record.

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