Slow the Spread of Covid-19: Vaccines for Ages 5 and Up

Updated: Dec 22, 2021


Vaccinations and precautions such as mask-wearing, hand washing, and social distancing will minimize the spread of Covid-19. Now, children ages 5 through 11 can be vaccinated with a pediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, approved by the FDA and CDC. Combined with more people ages 12 and older getting vaccinated and maintaining immunity with boosters, we can slow the spread.


As of November 20, 2021, the CDC reported that nearly 196 million people across the country are fully vaccinated which represents 59% of the total population. Some 33.5 million had received a booster dose, ramping up their immunity just as people begin spending more time gathering with family and friends indoors.


In Missouri, 3.1 million people, or nearly 51% of the population, is fully vaccinated. Residents of northeast Missouri counties are encouraged to talk to their NMHC provider about the benefits of Covid vaccines and boosters and get their questions answered by a medical professional. Three northeast Missouri counties are in the bottom 10 counties statewide for percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. County totals as of November 20, 2021 are:


Adair

41.6%

Clark

27.4%

Knox

38.5%

Lewis

29.6%

Macon

37.1%

Mercer

32.9%

Putnam

30.7%

Schuyler

27.2%

Scotland

23.4%

Shelby

41.1%

Sullivan

39.1%


If You Have Covid Symptoms, Get Tested!

If you experience any symptoms of Covid-19, call your NMCH provider’s office to schedule a test. Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea


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