There is a contest happening right now for Maine kids to encourage others to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

The US CDC announced earlier this week the recommendation for children ages 5 - 11 to get vaccinated, specifically with a smaller dose, two-round Pfizer shot. Maine has about 96,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 who are eligible to start receiving the smaller dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

Maine Kids Eligible for Vaccine, Announcement of Contest

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday it is working on coordinating the efforts to get vaccinations completed through health care providers, pharmacies, schools and other Maine organizations.

Along with this information, it was announced that the Maine DHHS and the Maine Department of Education are partnering in hosting a video competition open for Maine youth to earn money for their schools.

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Maine Youth COVID-19 Vaccine Video Contest Details

The contest is open to Maine youth ages 5 to 17 and consists of creating 30-second videos that encourage children and their parents to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Youth can focus on vaccine safety and efficacy or the impact of not getting the vaccination as an example of the focus of the video.

Participants have a few weeks to produce and submit their video since the contest wraps up on November 22nd at 6 PM. Winners will be announced on December 1.

Prizes for COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Video Contest

Winning videos will be promoted by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention via PSAs and through social media. Monetary prizes will also be awarded for the first, second and third place winners to be given to the schools the winners attend. First place will have $50,000 be given to the winner's school, second place will receive $25,000 and $10,000 for the third-place winner.

For more information about the contest and submitting an entry, visit the form provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. 

Good luck to everybody participating!

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