COVID-19 daily update: Cases, deaths, vaccination rates in Wisconsin, La Crosse, Eau Claire (September 21, 2021)

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Pfizer announced today its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children age 5 to 11.

This news follows a study, administering a lower dose of the vaccine in more than 22-hundred kindergartners and other elementary school-age kids.

These children are reported to have shown a “robust anti-body response” after two doses.

The principal investigator for UW-Health system’s COVID-19 pediatric vaccine trial says the data is encouraging.

William Hartman, Principal Investigator said, “The side effect profile in these kids that were studied that were a part of the Pfizer trial is actually less than we saw in most adults so while it’s still possible to have a sore arm or a fever for a short time after the vaccine there are pretty minor side effects.”

Medical professionals are blame a rise in cases in children on the delta variant.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continues to rise.

Since the beginning of the pandemic. The badger state reports more than 700- thousand cases of the coronavirus.

The number of new cases added today pushes the seven-day average of confirmed cases to 2,741.

That’s the highest it’s been since January 11 when it was 2,770.

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