First Woman Jill Biden to go to Kids’s Wisconsin, as well being officers urge COVID-19 vaccine for youths 5-11 | WUWM 89.7 FM

First Woman Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff are scheduled to be in Wauwatosa and Waukesha Wednesday afternoon. Surgeon Normal Vivek Murthy will be a part of them on the Wauwatosa cease, which is at Kids’s Wisconsin hospital.

There, the schedule consists of assembly with frontline well being care employees who’ve cared for sufferers in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The go to comes when Wisconsin has seen the best hospitalization numbers for COVID-19 and when medical consultants urge these eligible to get preliminary vaccinations or a booster shot.

One focus of the go to is COVID-19 photographs for youngsters ages 5-11 who solely grew to become eligible for the vaccine about six weeks in the past. Newly launched state figures present 18% of that age group in Wisconsin, or roughly 88,000 youngsters, have obtained at the least one dose of the vaccine. About 10% are totally vaccinated.

Metropolis of Milwaukee Well being Commissioner Kirsten Johnson mentioned she understands parental reluctance to take youngsters to get the vaccine.

“It may be scary and nerve-wracking to make these choices if you really feel like you do not have all the data. I encourage anybody who has questions in regards to the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to talk together with your trusted pediatrician, ask questions and get direct and knowledgeable solutions,” Johnson mentioned Tuesday throughout a media briefing.

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Milwaukee Well being Commissioner Kirsten Johnson speaks throughout Tuesday’s briefing.

There’s additionally latest information about booster photographs for 16 and 17-year-olds who acquired their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine greater than six months in the past or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine greater than two months in the past. Dr. Ben Weston of the Medical School of Wisconsin and Milwaukee County Emergency Administration mentioned these teenagers at the moment are eligible for the Pfizer booster.

“There’s superb proof for this. Information out of Israel, revealed simply final week within the New England Journal of Medication, confirmed if you in contrast individuals who’ve obtained each doses of vaccine to those that have obtained each doses plus their booster, those that [received the booster] have been ten occasions much less more likely to get contaminated with COVID,” Weston mentioned.

Milwaukee County Govt David Crowley mentioned he is excited that the First Woman, Second Gentleman, and Surgeon Normal are visiting the Kids’s hospital this afternoon. Crowley mentioned he is hoping for a deeper dialog on how one can encourage extra adults and youngsters to get vaccinated.

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