California has allocated more than 1.2 million vaccines for the 5-11 age group and is setting up 4,000 vaccine sites throughout the state
SACRAMENTO — Following the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup’s review of the federal process that produced the conclusion that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is reportedly safe and effective for children 5 years of age and up, the state announced it is rolling out a robust vaccination program with the resources to vaccinate every newly eligible California child.
“Vaccines are how we end this pandemic, and they’re how we keep our kids safe—it’s time to get our children the protection they need from this deadly virus, especially as we head into the winter season,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “California is leading the nation in vaccinations with 54 million administered and 87 percent of the eligible population with at least one dose, and we’re moving swiftly to implement a robust and equitable vaccination program that will cover this newly eligible age group.”
California will begin vaccinating children ages 5-11 immediately, with 500 organizations across the state receiving their first shipments through Monday. The state was allocated 1.2 million pediatric doses from the federal government, with adequate supply to vaccinate all newly eligible Californians becoming available in the coming weeks.
The state has more than 4,000 locations ready to vaccinate children ages 5-11 as supply increases and is leveraging existing infrastructure and partnerships used to administer vaccines to teens and young adults. This includes working closely with medical providers, local health departments, schools, community partners and others to administer vaccines safely and equitably through mobile clinics and vaccine pop-ups in the hardest-hit communities across the state. For example, California has brokered partnerships with after-school programs—including the Sierra Health Foundation and the Alliance for Boys & Girls—to set up 84 pop-up clinics statewide.
Already, there have been over 3,100 school-located clinics covering over 2 million students, with another 800 planned for November and December, covering 450,000 students.
The state has mobilized an unprecedented multi-pronged paid media campaign to get all Californians vaccinated, which now includes the children. In November alone, this campaign will make 800 million impressions across multiple platforms to emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated. The campaign is said to focus on hardest-hit communities with an in-language approach and an emphasis on equity.
To date, California has administered 54 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 87 percent of the eligible population having received at least one dose.
According to the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, children in the range of less than 5 and up to 17 years of age report zero percent of the overall COVID deaths in California as of Nov. 3. This leads to why many parents are questioning the Governors push to mandate the vaccines at this time.
California was the first to require masks in K-12 settings, vaccine verification, or weekly testing for school staff and has added the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations for students.
Throughout the state, anti-mandate protests have been taking place. In addition, parents and grandparents have been vocal in recent school board meetings stating that a large percentage of students will be dis-enrolled if the mandate is enforced.
School Boards and Administrations have noted that once the mandates are in place, they do not have any other option than to enforce due to funding.