36% of Children (5-11) Received the Vaccine

Courtesy of Hackensack Meridian Health

Scarlett Tran, Sana Yan, and Julianne Tan

In California 36% of children ages 5-11 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for children as of January 20, 2022. The San Francisco Bay Area was the first to have 37% of children receiving the first shot. Statewide, more than 578,000 first doses have been administered to this age group since November 22 reports the CA Dept of Public Health. In California the vaccination rate for this age group is higher than the 7% rate in Texas reports John Woolfolk of The Mercury News and Soumya Karlamagla of The NY Times.

The CDC recommended the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, meaning over 28 million American children are now able to be vaccinated. CVS and Walgreens are taking appointments for vaccines for this age group. Pfizer’s vaccine for this age group is given in two doses, three weeks apart reports CBS News. The White House has purchased enough vaccines for all children in America, ages 5 to 11.

Recently, the FDA authorized the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use for this age group.  The children’s dosage is a third of the size of the dose for those 12 to 17.  A September Gallup Poll revealed that 55% of parents with children under 12 will vaccinate their children. Another Kaiser Family Foundation survey showed that 68% of parents in this group would prefer to “wait and see” before having their children vaccinated.

Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer vice president, reassured The Associated Press that the new vaccine for children has been “[proven] safe, with similar or fewer temporary side effects” as the vaccine for young people from 16-25 years of age. Throughout their testing, 95% of the children had successful outcomes.

This is a great relief in light of the recent report from CBS News stating that COVID-19 has now killed as many Americans as the Spanish Flu of 1918, that is approximately 675,000 people.

Even after being vaccinated, children will be required to continue wearing masks indoors and outdoors in public spaces in LA County schools. One Garvey student stated, “it’s hard to breathe in masks, especially during PE class when we are more physically active.”

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Vaccination will reduce the likelihood of contracting Covid, but breakthrough cases are still possible. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was vaccinated, received a positive test from a Covid-19 PCR test on November 3 while visiting the UN Climate Change Conference in Scotland. He developed mild symptoms, but has since recovered and will return to Los Angeles shortly.

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