Local officials urge vaccination as COVID-19 cases surge nationwide

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, state leaders are urging parents to get their kids vaccinated to stop the spread.
The state says almost a third of children ages 5-11 have gotten at least one dose of the vaccines. Children 12-15 are about 75% vaccinated.
Local leaders hit the streets Monday to make sure more kids get their shots.
Sen. Chris Murphy and newly elected Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons toured the Stamford Health Clinic at the South End Community Center. They say 75% of the people hospitalized in the state with COVID-19, are people who are unvaccinated.
The Stamford Health Department says it's getting its vaccination numbers up for kids and making every effort to give everyone a shot in the arm.
Murphy and Simmons added that masks are also still making a difference.
The Henry Street Vaccination Clinic is open for kids 5-11 years old from 1-7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The state says 80% of its school districts have already adopted its Screen and Stay initiative that keeps kids in school as long as they regularly test for the virus.