The Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative is pleased to share that more than half of children ages 5-11 in the region have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 pediatric vaccine since it first has been made available.
According to the state Department of Public Health, 2,432 children ages 5-11 in the GCACC service area have received one dose, from a total of 4,575 eligible children, or 53.2%.
Rates of partially vaccinated children ages 5-11, by community, are:
- Boxford, 321 of 662, 48.5%
- Essex, 136 of 273, 49.8%
- Hamilton, 402 of 619, 65.0%
- Ipswich, 458 of 874, 52.4%
- Manchester-by-the-Sea, 210 of 404, 52.0%
- Middleton, 229 of 675, 33.9%
- Rockport, 152 of 330, 46.0%
- Topsfield, 304 of 456, 66.7%
- Wenham, 220 of 282, 78.1%
The Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative holds standing weekly clinics and pop-up clinics throughout Cape Ann. Information about all GCACC clinics may be found here.
“We are very encouraged to see so many parents bring their children in to be vaccinated,” said Rachel Lee, Public Health Nurse for the Town of Hamilton and a leader of the Collaborative. “These vaccinations provide an extra layer of protection for children and those around them, especially during the holiday season.
GCACC is being supported at several clinics by Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs of Scituate, which is providing up to four therapy dog teams. The teams — Deborah and Gus, Gayle and Gracie, Amanda and Stella, and Pamela and Ruby — provide a friendly, furry, and calming presence for children, their parents and guardians, and the clinic staff.
“We are so grateful for these volunteers and the time they have so generously donated,” Lee said.