PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children age 5-11 on Monday, Nov. 8. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation on Nov. 2 that children 5-11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
In Pasadena, nearly 8,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have become eligible for vaccination this week. PPHD clinicians routinely vaccinate children, and all clinical staff receive extensive training in administering pediatric vaccines. Initial doses of the pediatric vaccine arrived early this week and additional vaccine has been ordered. Along with hosting pediatric clinics at PPHD and at schools in partnership with Pasadena Unified School District, PPHD has also worked with a network of pediatric providers and retail pharmacies across the city that are prepared to provide vaccines to children between the ages of 5 and 11.
Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, PPHD director and health officer and board-certified pediatrician, strongly recommends that everyone who is eligible to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines get vaccinated. Parents are encouraged to check the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics websites for more information, and talk with their child’s pediatrician or medical provider to answer any questions they may have. A parent or legal guardian is required to be present during vaccine administration.
In order to prepare children to receive the vaccine, PPHD recommends:
- Talking to children about the vaccine in advance;
- Wearing short sleeves to the vaccine appointment for easier access to the upper arm;
- Ensuring children are well hydrated before and after receiving the vaccine; and
- Planning to monitor children closely after they receive the vaccine for any side effects.
Those seeking Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be able to make an appointment through MyTurn.CA.gov or at a local pharmacy that offers Pfizer vaccinations. PPHD will offer pediatric vaccines by appointment only for those registered through the MyTurn system. Those needing help making an appointment can contact the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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