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Officials with the Ohio Department of Health are giving the latest update on COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old. WATCH LIVE IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE. Heath director Bruce Vanderhoff, along with other state and local health officials, will be providing the latest information on coronavirus and vaccinations. With large family gatherings happening in just weeks, COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11 are giving parents more peace of mind."We really wanted to get our kids vaccinated coming up before the holidays just having everybody together we just feel safer, especially because of elderly people we have in our family," parent Jessica Martin said.Martin and her kids are looking forward to the holiday season they didn't get to experience last year. They didn't have any big celebrations since vaccine rollout was just beginning for adults.This year, Food and Drug Administration approval for 5 to 11-year-old's was exactly what martin was hoping for."We were really excited about it! All the adults in our family have been vaccinated so far, so this was kind of the last step that we needed to feel like we can have a safe holiday gathering," Martin said.So far in the United States, more than 900,000 doses have been given to the 5 to 11 age group.In Ohio, about 34,000 kids 5 to 11 have started the vaccination process."I think you're safest when you're going to be around other people who are also fully vaccinated," pediatrician with Pediatric Associates of Mount Carmel, Chris Peltier said.Peltier said many kids won't be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving or the start of Hanukkah, so wearing a mask is probably safest until both shots are given.By Christmas and New Year's Eve and Day, though, the process will be completed for those who've already gotten their first dose.For those who want to be fully vaccinated by Christmas Day, these are the last dates to start being vaccinated:For the Pfizer vaccine, available for adults and children 5 and older, Nov. 20.For the Moderna vaccine: Nov. 13.For the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine: Dec. 11.Peltier says it won't be hard to get your hands on one for your child."You know people were struggling to try to get the vaccine that's not the case with this dosage there is plenty of supply," Peltier said.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Health are giving the latest update on COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old.

WATCH LIVE IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE.

Heath director Bruce Vanderhoff, along with other state and local health officials, will be providing the latest information on coronavirus and vaccinations.

With large family gatherings happening in just weeks, COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11 are giving parents more peace of mind.

"We really wanted to get our kids vaccinated coming up before the holidays just having everybody together we just feel safer, especially because of elderly people we have in our family," parent Jessica Martin said.

Martin and her kids are looking forward to the holiday season they didn't get to experience last year. They didn't have any big celebrations since vaccine rollout was just beginning for adults.

This year, Food and Drug Administration approval for 5 to 11-year-old's was exactly what martin was hoping for.

"We were really excited about it! All the adults in our family have been vaccinated so far, so this was kind of the last step that we needed to feel like we can have a safe holiday gathering," Martin said.

So far in the United States, more than 900,000 doses have been given to the 5 to 11 age group.

In Ohio, about 34,000 kids 5 to 11 have started the vaccination process.

"I think you're safest when you're going to be around other people who are also fully vaccinated," pediatrician with Pediatric Associates of Mount Carmel, Chris Peltier said.

Peltier said many kids won't be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving or the start of Hanukkah, so wearing a mask is probably safest until both shots are given.

By Christmas and New Year's Eve and Day, though, the process will be completed for those who've already gotten their first dose.

For those who want to be fully vaccinated by Christmas Day, these are the last dates to start being vaccinated:

For the Pfizer vaccine, available for adults and children 5 and older, Nov. 20.

For the Moderna vaccine: Nov. 13.

For the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine: Dec. 11.

Peltier says it won't be hard to get your hands on one for your child.

"You know people were struggling to try to get the vaccine that's not the case with this dosage there is plenty of supply," Peltier said.

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