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Cumberland County Public Health Department to COVID vaccine children

Gov. Roy Cooper, center, greets Fayetteville officials, including Mayor Mitch Colvin, right, at the Cumberland County Health Department on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. Cooper and officials with the city and Cumberland County later talked about pandemic response and advocated for people to get vaccinated.

The Cumberland County Health Department is developing a plan to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 against COVID-19.

“About 17% of our population is not yet eligible to be vaccinated but will be soon,” Health Director Jennifer Green said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee will meet Oct. 26 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee with meet Nov. 1 and 2 to discuss the use of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

“Coming down the pipeline (are) vaccines for our younger children,” Green said. “We anticipate that soon after that we’ll have vaccines available for our children, ages 5 to 11, and we’ve been collaborating with our school districts, with our city and county staff … to make sure that we have a plan in place to vaccinate those children when they become eligible.”

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