Despite COVID-19 vaccines being open to just about everyone, one group has been particularly underimmunized.

Nationally, only 17% of all children ages 5 to 11 have been vaccinated.

That’s according to a report just released.

The Rock Island County Health Department has been offering more opportunities for kids to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Chief Operating Officer Janet Hill spoke with Local 4 News Friday about the recent surge in cases, as well as an appointment-free vaccine clinic available to children ages 5 to 17 this weekend.