Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine Begins for Children Over 6 Months in Bay Counties – NBC Bay Area

Several Bay counties will begin, starting Tuesday, administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children 6 months and older.

In Santa Clara County, the first supplies arrived Monday and parents who want to vaccinate their little ones should schedule an appointment at VAX.SCC.GOV.ORG.

“The vaccine that they have just released for children older than 6 months is one of the best tools to protect them against severe illness and death, particularly now that almost no one wears a mask or practices social distancing anymore,” said Marcial Oquendo, a pediatrician.

Sonoma County will also begin the vaccination process at the Rosedale Community Center in Santa Rosa, and Solano County has also enabled appointments that can be scheduled through WWW.MYTURN.CA.GOV.

WHAT WILL BE THE VACCINES AND DOSES FOR MINORS

Currently, only Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been approved.

Children who are immunized with the Pfizer vaccine will only get a tenth of the dose adults receive and will need three shots, while Moderna will get a quarter of the dose an adult gets and will only need two shots.

CAN THESE VACCINES BE INSERTED AT THE SAME TIME AS OTHER ALREADY KNOWN DOSES?

“If you are going to give a vaccine that you already know gives you a fever, maybe you can wait a week, but if you prefer to do it all at once, a single pain, a single visit, it can be done,” said Oquendo.

Pharmacies like Walgreens will only serve children ages 3 and up and doses will be available beginning Saturday, June 25.

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