COVID-19 vaccine rates for children vary around Southeast Tennessee

In one county, not a single child in the 5-11 age range has had the shot

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Nurse practitioner Meghan Whitehead gives a COVID-19 vaccination to Lookout Mountain resident Kizer Burbank, 7, on Friday, Nov. 13, 2021, at the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library. Lifespring Community Health was providing vaccination shots to children as young as 5 years old.

Dora Rangel, a mother living in Murray County, Georgia, said she never questioned her choice to get her children vaccinated against COVID-19. She also said it wasn't a very difficult decision for her to make.

Her children range in age from 7 to 19. Lilly, her oldest daughter, chose to get vaccinated on her own as an adult as soon as she was eligible. Her two younger children, 13-year-old Angelis and 7-year-old Angel, got vaccinated as soon as they were, too.

"When they became available for teenagers, we went and got our 13-year-old vaccinated," Rangel said. "We had to wait a little while to get the youngest, who is 7, vaccinated. I was scared he might get COVID."

Members of the Rangel family, including Angel's father, have asthma. When Angel gets sick, Dora Rangel said he sometimes has trouble breathing, even if he only has a cold.