The first coronavirus vaccine shots for children under the age of 5 began in the Inland Empire on Wednesday, June 22.
In addition, children aged 6 months to 5 years old can receive immunizations in San Bernardino County starting Friday, June 24 and starting Tuesday, June 28 at the Riverside County Health Department, officials said Wednesday.
Los Angeles County health officials began dosing children more widely on Wednesday.
After the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended and approved Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines for a new age group, Kaiser Permanente in Southern California began vaccinations on Wednesday, officials said.
Kaiser Permanente Southern California has begun offering the Pfizer vaccine to young children at all 15 of its medical centers and some pediatric departments.
The Moderna vaccine will be available at Kaiser centers from Tuesday, June 28th.
Parents can make an appointment for these pediatric vaccines online or by calling 833-574-2273.
Riverside County Public Health spokesman Jose Arballo Jr. said in an email that the county will start vaccinating the new group on Tuesday at two locations, Riverside and Hemet. There were no additional details. Appointments can be booked on the Riverside County website.
San Bernardino County spokesman David Werth said the county received a shipment of the vaccine on Wednesday. Starting Friday, his public health department will be providing Pfizer vaccines to a new eligible group at county health centers, Werth said in an email. Suppliers will begin accepting orders for Moderna next week.
The County’s COVID-19 pediatric webpage will be updated and residents will be able to make an appointment online or by calling 1-800-722-4777. If a parent or guardian prefers the Moderna shot, Werth says the district recommends visiting myturn.ca.gov or talking to your doctor.
A press release from Kaiser Permanente says that COVID-19 does not affect children’s health as much, but they “can still become seriously ill, die, and easily pass the virus to their family members, even if they do not have symptoms.” Vaccination is the best way to protect the health of children and our communities as a whole.”