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Northern California counties reporting initial vaccination rates for 5 to 11 year olds, numbers looking low

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CALIFORNIA - It's been more than five weeks since the FDA approved emergency use for the Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds, so Action News Now reached out to our counties to see how we fare so far.

In Butte County, so far more than 3% of 5 to 11-year-olds are fully vaccinated, while almost 6% are partially vaccinated.

That eligible group makes up about 17,000 children and the kids who do get the shot get a smaller dose than children who are older.

All of the data is from Butte County Public health, they tell Action News Now it's important for parents to vaccinate their children to avoid a surge among kids.

"Since July COVID-19 cases among children in Butte County have increased more than any other time during the pandemic," explained Lisa Almaguer. "And in the U.S one in four new COVID-19 cases occurs among children. So with increase transmission among children and with new variants being identified in California, it's extremely important for parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated."

In Shasta County, there are nearly 15,000 children eligible to get the vaccine but only 4.7% of them are partially vaccinated.

As of now, Shasta Public Health says no one in that age group is eligible to get a second dose yet.

Most parents Action News Now spoke with did not want to go on camera, but some who got their kids vaccinated say it was a lifeline. While others say their children's immune system is enough to protect them, not a vaccine. 

Trinity County is reporting 6.2% of 5 to 11-year-olds are partially vaccinated, roughly 54 children.

Action News Now is working to hear back from Glenn, Modoc, and Tehama counties.

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