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OC Health Care Agency prepares to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11

In response to today’s approvals from the Western States Safety Review Workgroup and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) is finalizing preparations to offer the Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11.

“We expect the vaccine to be available at our mobile clinics within the next few days and through other regular vaccine distribution channels as well,” says Dr. Clayton Chau, County Health Officer and HCA Director. “We ask for our community’s patience as we and other providers prepare to make the vaccine available to the newly eligible age group. We also remain committed to delivering vaccines to the most vulnerable population and hard-to-reach communities in Orange County and continue to work closely with our local healthcare providers to host future vaccine clinics and connecting schools who are interested in setting up their own clinics with the CDPH.”

According to the FDA, clinical trials showed the vaccine to be safe with no serious side effects detected and 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in this age group. The vaccine will be administered as a two-dose primary series, 3 weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms). Depending on the timing of the vaccination, a child will be given the appropriate dosage according to his or her age at the due time for each dose.

Parents and legal guardians seeking a vaccine for their eligible child(ren) are encouraged to first check with their pediatrician for availability. Other vaccine distribution channels expected to offer the vaccine for children ages 5-11 following recommendation from the Western States Workgroup and CDPH include local pharmacies, healthcare providers and online scheduling platforms Vaccines.gov, MyTurn.ca.gov, or Othena.com.

For more information on available vaccine distribution channels in Orange County, please visit COVIDVaccineFacts.com and click on “Find a COVID-19 Vaccine”.

This article was released by the Orange County Health Care Agency.