Wisconsin says children account for more COVID-19 cases than any other age group

Wisconsin says children account for more COVID-19 cases than any other age group
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Children in Wisconsin account for more COVID-19 cases in the state than any other age group this week, according to new data.

Figures from Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services show that residents under the age of 18 accounted for 1,126 COVID-19 cases. Adults age 35 to 44 had the next highest case count, at 579.

The number of cases for children is still a significant decline from the previous week, in which 4,686 children tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Children have accounted for a majority of coronavirus cases in the state since the week of Aug. 8.

Almost 41 percent of Wisconsin residents between the ages of 12 and 15 are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, while nearly 47 percent of Wisconsinites age 16 to 17 are fully vaccinated.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been authorized for children aged 12 to 15 in the United States and is fully approved for people over 16. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is under pressure to authorize a vaccine for children younger than 12. Pfizer and BioNTech said this month that they plan to file for FDA emergency authorization in November for their COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than 5. Pfizer has previously said the company expects to file in early October for emergency use authorization in children ages 5 to 11.