Michigan childhood vaccination rates drop during pandemic

Michigan childhood vaccination rates drop during pandemic

ANNA LIZ NICHOLS Associated Press/Report for America
Created: April 12, 2021 03:12 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging Michigan parents to make sure their children are caught up with non-COVID-19 vaccinations, which have slipped below a 70% rate during the coronavirus pandemic.

Doctors said during a virtual news conference Monday that among the reasons that parents gave for not keeping their kids' vaccinations current over the past year have been concerns about the safety of going to health care facilities amid the virus threat, and a lack of transportation and child care options.

The state's largest city, Detroit, and one of its least populous counties, Oscoda County, have the lowest childhood immunization rates, with each dropping below 50%.

People younger than 16 years old are not allowed to get vaccinated for COVID-19 yet.

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