VACCINATE TODAY TO GET YOUR KIDS READY FOR GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

OCONTO, WI (July 21, 2021)-Oconto County Public Health (OCPH) is encouraging parents and guardians to get their children ages 12 and older vaccinated against COVID-19.  Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those age 12-17. Pfizer requires 2 doses spaced 3 weeks apart, and a person is not fully vaccinated until 14 days after their second shot.  As a result, it takes a minimum of 5 weeks with Pfizer vaccine to become fully vaccinated. 

All Oconto County school districts start on September 1, 2021.  In order for a student to be fully vaccinated by the first day of school with Pfizer vaccine, they would need to start their vaccination series no later than Tuesday, July 27, 2021. 

Fully vaccinated people do not have to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 as long as they do not have symptoms. 

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and death.  99% of COVID-19 related deaths in recent months have been in unvaccinated people, the CDC announced in early July during a White House COVID-19 Task Force Briefing.  

Oconto County adolescents age 12 and older are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, however, Oconto County’s percentage of those age 12-17 who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine is lower than the state’s.  As of 7/20/2021, nearly 1 in 5 (19%) of Oconto County residents age 12-17 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to over 1 in 3 (35%) in Wisconsin. 

The vaccine is free and available in many locations.  To find a vaccine near you, visit vaccines.gov or call 211.