When Ryan Schavrien, a resident of Loma Linda, learned that his children, Jonathan, 7, and Zoey, 11, were eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, he called the local pharmacy to request appointments for the vaccine.
“I myself am on immunosuppressants, and having the children immunized gives us peace of mind for them, as well as for my wife and myself,” Schavrien, a financial analyst, said on Wednesday (November 3rd). sick and die at the rate of adults, they may be responsible for the spread of COVID. Getting them vaccinated is one more step towards a return to normalcy after almost two years of living with COVID. “
While the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 on Tuesday, November 2, many Inland Empire parents such as Schavrien were optimistic. But others have expressed concerns about the timing of the shots as the pandemic appears to be easing and the possible side effects on a population that tends not to get so sick from COVID-19.
In Riverside and San Bernardino counties, public health officials said on Wednesday that their health departments and hospitals would not start immunizing children aged 5 to 11 for a few days.
In Riverside County, health officials will not be vaccinating them “until the end of the week,” county spokesman Brooke Federico said by email. But other vaccine suppliers in the county “could start earlier,” she added.
San Bernardino County officials reported in a newsletter Wednesday that county health workers will begin administering vaccines to people in the new age group on Thursday, November 4. For an appointment, residents can visit the county vaccination page or call the COVID-19 hotline at 909-387-3911, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can also be made online, from Thursday, at MyTurn.ca.gov Where vaccins.gov.
Los Angeles County Health Officials already started their deploymentofficials said in a press release on Wednesday. For example, the Health Mart pharmacy in Claremont began offering the vaccine on Wednesday.
In LA County, a network of nearly 900 providers will offer the snapshots, which will be donated at 480 school events with a focus on campuses in high-need areas, the release said. The county’s mobile vaccination teams will also be used “so that children have easy access to our most powerful protection against COVID-19,” the statement said.
CVS Pharmacy has 266 locations in California that are already accepting appointments for the pediatric vaccine, according to a press release. The injections will begin on Sunday, November 7, depending on the vaccine supply, officials said. The consent of a parent or legal guardian is required and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Kaiser Permanente members in Riverside area can make vaccine online appointment for children from Monday, November 8, said spokeswoman Anamaria Bearden.
Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden, told CNN that vaccinating young children is “a good idea” because they are not free from serious illnesses.
“All you have to do is go to pediatric hospitals across the country and you see – especially with the delta variant, which is much more likely to be transmitted – more children are infected.”
Dr. Brandon Brown, associate professor at UC Riverside School of Medicine, supports injections for the new age group.
“The vaccine can prevent children from contracting serious COVID-19 disease, and experts clearly agree with their approval that the benefits clearly outweigh the risks,” Brown said. “Children get COVID-19, and this vaccine can help them stay healthy and alive while they return to school and other activities with other children and adults. While it is true that hospitalizations and urgent care cases due to COVID-19 are declining in many settings, cold weather is coming, bringing more people inside for gatherings, so it is not the moment to let your guard down. “
Jonathan Jobe, a high school teacher from Menifee, said he had registered his three children – ages 6, 8 and 10 – for vaccinations “as soon as I saw Kaiser’s email informing me that appointments were available “.
Her children should be vaccinated on Monday, November 8.
“COVID is among the top 10 causes of death in children in this age group, and many survivors suffer from the long-term effects of the disease,” Jobe said. “We don’t want to help spread COVID to others either. No member of our immediate family has been infected so far, and we are doing our best to keep it that way. “
Stephanie Palaad, a mother from Redlands, said in an email that she “looks forward to” the chance to vaccinate her four young children. Three of them are participating in a vaccine trial for Moderna and she said “the process has been very thorough and safe”.
“Being able to witness the study firsthand strengthened my faith in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine,” said Palaad, a member of Safe Redlands Schools, a parent-led advocacy group. “I encourage all parents to take the time to seriously consider immunizing their children not only for their health, but also for the health of the community as a whole. Each person who gets vaccinated brings us one step closer to the end of this pandemic and the restitution of their childhood to our children. “
Other parents in Inland were suspicious of the CDC’s decision.
“I think this vaccine is far too new, has too many dangerous side effects and I think natural immunity has an equal or greater chance of protecting my children from the virus,” said Amanda Steele, a mother of three. children from the Moreno Valley who are in the 5 – up to 11 years old.
Kassaundra Moore, a Lake Elsinore mother with four children, including one aged 7 and 10, has no plans to get them vaccinated.
“We are intimidated not only by the government, but by our school district. We had no control over our children, even though we created them, ”said Moore. “We are not taking COVID (vaccine). It doesn’t work and doesn’t do what it should. I’ve done a ton of research, and I don’t agree with that.
Lulette Odron, a resident of Ontario, said she “doesn’t rush” to get her 11-year-old son, Reagan, vaccinated. Whether or not to take the vaccine is a “personal choice,” she said.
“I will wait and see how the children react to the vaccine,” said Odron. “My son has not been vaccinated and he is fine. We go out as usual and he was able to participate in a lot of activities without being vaccinated.
Editors Jeff Horseman and Beau Yarbrough contributed to this report.