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COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 to begin in Inland Empire on Wednesday

Covid-19 Vaccines For Children Under 5 To Begin In Inland Empire On Wednesday

Health officials in Riverside and San Bernardino counties will begin giving COVID-19 shots to children under age 5 starting next week, but Kaiser Permanente will begin immunizations on Wednesday, June 22.

Kaiser Permanente Southern California will begin vaccinating children under 5 years of age at all 15 of its health centers and select pediatric departments in the region, Maria Disalvo, head of COVID-19 and flu vaccinations at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, announced on Tuesday, June. 21.

The Riverside County Department of Public Health will schedule appointments on its website for pediatric coronavirus vaccines “sometime next week,” spokesman Jose Arballo Jr. said in an email Tuesday. A specific date has not been announced.

“Pharmacy will be able to help vaccinate many children in this new age group, although (they) cannot vaccinate children aged 2 years and under without special partnerships with an additional healthcare provider,” Arballo said.

Parents interested in pharmacy vaccinations should call ahead to make sure it’s available, he said.

San Bernardino County spokesman David Werth said in an email that the county expects delivery “this week” of the new Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Appointments will be available on an unspecified date next week.

“Once the vaccines are available, they will be made available to the public, which is expected to start early next week,” Werth said.

In Los Angeles County, health officials said they could begin offering the vaccine to children as early as Tuesday, June 21, but delivery problems have caused delays. The images won’t become more widely available until at least Wednesday, officials said.

Over the weekend, a panel of consultants from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended and approved the vaccination of children as young as 6 months of age, according to a press release. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed the statement on Saturday, June 18.

The San Bernardino County pediatric COVID-19 webpage will be updated once vaccines are received and appointments will be available online. Residents can also call county health centers at 1-800-722-4777.

Parents who have Kaiser can start making appointments Tuesday, June 21st by calling 888-574-2273 or online.

Kaiser will offer the vaccine to Pfizer starting Wednesday, officials said. The Moderna vaccine will be available on Tuesday, June 28th.

UC Riverside biomedical sciences professor Dr. David Lo said in a press release Tuesday that vaccines work the same way for adults and children.

“For the first 18 months after birth, the CDC recommends a minimum of 25 separate shots of the vaccine, and these shots are designed to protect against a range of infectious diseases, including both bacterial and viral infections,” Lo said in a press release. “Therefore, adding two COVID-19 shots is not an important addition. Side effects are well known to parents with young children: soreness at the injection site, low-grade fever, and so on. The COVID vaccine was no different.”

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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