By Danielle Chavira

DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis’ office says Colorado is eighth in the country in vaccinating children ages 5-11 against COVID-19. Nearly 21% of that population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine.

The governor’s office adds Colorado is the leader in child vaccinations in the western U.S.

Medical assistant Alli Shapiro fills a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine to be used for children aged 5 to 11 at the Child Health Associates office in Novi, Michigan on November 3, 2021.(Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)  

“We need more Coloradans to follow the example set by our young people who are doing their part to help put this pandemic behind us and protect their health so we can get back to enjoying the Colorado we love,” said Polis in a news release earlier this week.

As of the morning of Nov. 29, 98,848 children in that age group have had one dose. State officials say 5,617 have received their second dose.

Parents can find upcoming clinics for children on the state’s vaccine finder webpage or on vaccines.gov.

Large vaccination events are happening this week, including:

Fri. Dec. 3: Trinidad History Museum
Fri. Dec. 3: Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center
Fri. Dec. 3: Cortez Public Library
Fri. Dec. 3: Pueblo Zoo

Danielle Chavira