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Why vaccination rates for kids 5-11 years old in Fresno County are falling behind

A healthcare worker puts a band-aid on a young girl's arm after she receives a vaccination.

In November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 years old. A month later, Fresno County vaccine rates for this age group are still lagging. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Shock spoke with Madi Bolanos to learn why.

Madi Bolanos covered immigration and underserved communities for KVPR from 2020-2022. Before joining the station, she interned for POLITCO in Washington D.C. where she reported on US trade and agriculture as well as indigenous women’s issues during the Canadian election. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in anthropology from San Francisco State University. Madi spent a semester studying at the Danish Media and Journalism School where she covered EU policies in Brussels and alleged police brutality at the Croatian-Serbian border.