CALIFORNIA, USA — Families of 12 to 15-year-old children will be eligible to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Thursday, according the state's vaccination appointment website.
The appointments will be allowed following a CDC advisory committee's endorsement for use of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 and up.
Healthcare providers have been preparing for the next phase, but they weren't able to set up appointments before the OK was given. In California, the Western State's Scientific Safety Review will have to review the emergency use authorization before rollout starts in California counties.
For California, this next phase includes more than 2 million children, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Their latest survey found that 41% of parents who have children ages 12 to 15 said they wouldn't get their kids vaccinated or would only do so if required by the schools. However, the attitude might shift after the vaccine starts getting used on that age population.
The organization said vaccinations for this age bracket will be an important step for increasing population immunity, but a lot will depend on outreach and distribution strategies.
How to get a COVID-19 vaccine for kids
The simplest way to get a COVID-19 vaccine for any child 12 and older will probably be the state's vaccine scheduling website, MyTurn.ca.gov.
Places like UC Davis Health are already prepared to start offering vaccinations once state officials give the OK. Likewise, Sutter Health will also start booking vaccinations once the OK is given.
Where to get the COVID vaccine?
Ahead of state approval, many vaccine clinics offering Pfizer vaccinations to children 12 and up are beginning to pop up.
Solano County Public Health will be holding a vaccine clinic on May 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second floor of Solano Town Center. It'll by Forever 21 near the food court. Walk-ins are welcome to the event. You also register HERE.
Yolo County will also be holding a drive-thru Pfizer clinic on May 16 at Harper Junior High in Davis from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to Yolo County students 12 and up. Sign ups will be live on MyTurn.Ca.Gov on Thursday.
To stay up to date and find more information directly from a provider, you can visit the following links: