Monday, the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children 5 to 11 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday recommended that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Nearly 8,000 kids in Pasadena between the ages of 5 and 11 have become eligible for vaccination this week, PPHD said in a release. Initial doses of the pediatric vaccine arrived early this week and more have been ordered. In addition to hosting pediatric clinics at PPHD and at schools in partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District, the department has also worked with a network of pediatric providers and retail pharmacies in Pasadena to deliver the vaccine to kids.
Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, PPHD director and health officer and board-certified pediatrician, strongly recommends that everyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine get it.
PPHD recommends that parents prepare their children for the vaccine by speaking to them, ensuring they are well hydrated and planning to monitor them after receiving the vaccine for any side effects.
Vaccine appointments for children ages 5-11 can be made at 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.