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As you may have heard, upon the recommendation of an expert panel, Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for children 5-11 years old by the Federal Drug Administration.

I want to keep you informed about this important development: 
  • Pfizer’s study has shown that the vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in this age group.  (details of the study below)

  • The FDA officials say there were virtually no severe adverse effects related to the vaccine.

  • The vaccine dose for this age group is smaller, about one third the size of the adult dose.

  • The vaccine is taken in two doses about three weeks apart. 

  • The vaccine requires parent or guardian approval.  It is highly recommended that parents consult their pediatricians or family physicians regarding this.

Though the vaccine for this age group is not part of LAUSD’s vaccine requirements, we are making them available to those families who would like to have their children take them. 

To learn more about the vaccine, check out this Quick Guide by Edsource: What California parents need to know about Covid vaccinations for children.

 
LAUSD Vaccination for students ages 5-11

Starting next week (November 16th), our mobile vaccination teams will be available for students in the 5-11 age group at the locations below (parent/guardian consent required).

You can sign up for your student’s vaccination appointment now at dailypass.lausd.net Walk-ins welcome! To get more details go here, contact your principal, or call (213) 443-1300.

Additionally, you can find he locations where LA County is offering these vaccines here. Parents and caregivers can also check with their children's pediatrician to see if they'll be administering COVID vaccines.

Why Children and Teens Should Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

While COVID-19 tends to be milder in children compared with adults, it can make children very sick and cause children to be hospitalized. In some situations, the complications from infection can lead to death.

Although children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 compared with adults, children can

  • be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19

  • get very sick from COVID-19

  • have both short and long-term health complications from COVID-19; and

  • spread COVID-19 to others

Children with underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with children without underlying medical conditions. Children who get infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can also develop serious complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)—a condition where different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.

Help Protect Your Child, Your Family, and Others

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect children ages 5 years and older from getting COVID-19.

  • Vaccinating children can help protect family members, including siblings who are not eligible for vaccination and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected.

  • Vaccination can also help keep children from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19.

Vaccinating children ages 5 years and older can help keep them in school and help them safely participate in sports, playdates, and other group activities.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

 

Is your child afraid of shots -  Here are some ideas that could help. 

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