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Vaccines for children 12 and older now available in Los Angeles

Los Angeles children aged 12 and older can start receiving the Pfizer vaccine today.

The new directive comes two days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that children ages 12 to 15 could safely receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The newly qualified age group represents about 500,000 Los Angeles adolescents, according to a statement from the county public health department.

A parent or guardian must be present and bring the child’s photo ID along with proof of age. Some places may require you to sign a consent form.

Vaccines are available without an appointment. Families can find a location in Los Angeles on the city’s website or at one of the county locations at VaccinateLACounty.com; the Spanish website is VacunateLosAngeles.com. Those without Internet access can call (833) 540-0473.

Los Angeles follows a day after several other sites in the county began administering COVID-19 vaccines. On Thursday in Long Beach, children lined up outside the convention center to receive their first Pfizer vaccines. The eight sites run by the county were also open to children on Thursday.

Dozens of vaccination sites across LA County offer Pfizer injections, including at Community Health Centers, Schools, St. John’s Health Center, CVS, Kaiser, Ralphs Pharmacies, Walgreens and more. Of the 60 LA County schools serving as vaccination sites, 37 offer the Pfizer vaccine, according to the county press release.

Not all parents are eager to let their children get vaccinated. A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that less than a third of parents aged 12 to 15 plan to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible. About a quarter said they wanted to wait until more data became available, and another quarter said they had no plans to get the vaccine for their children at all.

The county public health department will host a virtual town hall on vaccines for parents, available at Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, Tuesday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Times editor Emily Baumgaertner contributed to this report.





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