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Nearly 9,000 Hoosiers ages 5 to 11 receive COVID-19 vaccine in eight days

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Justin Hicks
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IPB News

About 9,000 kids ages 5-to-11 in Indiana have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine — just eight days after pediatric appointments opened.

There are 608,000 5- to 11 year-olds in Indiana and about 1 percent have already received at least one dose. 

This despite a technical error on the state’s online scheduling platform that caused pediatric COVID-19 appointments to be canceled this week. 

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The pediatric dose is one-third the size of the dose for Hoosiers 12 and older. Hoosiers ages 5 to 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. 

Parents or guardians can register their children 5 or older at OurShot.IN.gov. If you’re in need of assistance, you can call 211. 

Local health care providers will soon be able to order their own supply of the COVID-19 vaccine for children directly from the federal government.

Contact Lauren at lchapman@wfyi.org or follow her on Twitter at @laurenechapman_.