HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put Connecticut first in child vaccinations.

According to the report, an estimated 80.2 percent of Connecticut children received the vaccine.

Connecticut’s average is above both regional and national averages. As of Monday, the national average stood at about 70.5 percent, whereas the New England region was about 79.7 percent.

“This report reveals that once again, Connecticut is a national leader in childhood immunization,” said Gov. Ned Lamont. “That is in large part due to the efforts of many professional, community-based and private partnerships that have worked diligently with the state to raise awareness of this issue. I want to thank the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Department of Social Services, and the State Department of Education, as well as the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, local health departments, community health centers, and all of the healthcare practitioners who champion immunizations for their work, ensuring the health and safety of our children."

Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani released a statement

"[Monday's] announcement is the result of years of hard work and collaboration among all of our partners, whose results protect us all," Juthani said. "When it’s harder for disease to get a hold and run unchecked, all of our communities are safer.”

The estimates specified in the report reflect vaccines that were administered mostly prior to any disruptions that were caused as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the state, parents or guardians should talk to their healthcare provider about how to make sure their child stays up-to-date on their vaccinations.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic vaccination response has demonstrated, vaccinations are a vital part of our public health strategy, protecting individuals from disease and communities from outbreaks," Juthani said.

The CDC report came as federal health officials are expected to provide an update on COVID-19 booster shots.

The Food and Drug Administration is going to allow a mix and match approach for the shots. CBS News said it learned that the agency could announce its decision on Wednesday, when it is expected to authorize the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters.

"The vaccines continue to be absolutely fundamental to controlling this virus," said Dr. William Schaffner, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "Yes, they're not perfect. Not much in life is. But boy, these vaccines are, continue to be excellent."

Health officials hope the FDA will grant emergency approval of a vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 next month.

Connecticut ranks first in administering COVID vaccinations to children, according to the CDC.

A recent CBS News poll found that 35 percent of parents won't get their children vaccinated when it becomes available.

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(4) comments

Verdad

If you are scared to get vaccinated due to mass consumption of disinformation you have been duped. Turn Tucker off, get off the endless idiotic subreddit BS and pull your head out of your A$$. Also refrain from calling people child abusers.

nyyankeeS

And who are they supposed to watch? CNN? MSNBC? Left-wing "news" is any better? I suggest people watch CSPAN and consult reputable websites like the Mayo Clinic.

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Verdad

No, that is not what they mean you fool.

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