More children should get vaccinated to reach herd immunity, Shelby County health officials say

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Shelby County health officials say kids make up the largest number of COVID-19 cases being treated right now, an alarming statistic for parents.

Officials say 24 percent of cases in the last two weeks are in kids.

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Last week, county health leaders said only about 10 percent of eligible kids are vaccinated.

More children must get vaccinated in Shelby County in order to reach herd immunity. Health leaders said kids play a critical role in ending the pandemic.

Last week, officials with Moderna said the company’s vaccine is effective in children as young as 12 years old, opening the door for it to be the second COVID-19 vaccine available to children in the U.S.

Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is available for kids and teens.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older.

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FOX13′s Amy Speropoulos is a mother of three, two of whom have received the COVID-19 vaccine.