COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 will be offered in Long Beach

Long Beach, California – Long Beach will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 6 months and older beginning this coming Friday, in accordance with newly released federal guidelines.

Children who get a vaccine manufactured by Pfizer will need to have two doses administered three weeks apart, followed by a third dose administered two months later. It is suggested that the Moderna shot be given twice, with at least four weeks between each dose.

Major Robert Garcia released a statement saying, “This is a huge step forward in our city’s efforts to keep our children and community safe in this public health crisis. Vaccines are safe and effective — especially at preventing hospitalization and serious illness. With vaccines now available to infants and toddlers, anyone who needs a vaccine can receive one.”

The health authorities of the county underlined that young children are regarded to be at a lower risk of getting severely ill or dying from COVID but also mentioned that those risks are slightly higher among children who haven’t received the shots. Health experts are assuring parents that the vaccines are effective, safe and significantly lower the risk of kids getting infected with COVID-19.

Appointments for children in Long Beach who are five years old or younger will only be made available in the child-friendly clinical area at the Health Department’s main facility on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays, starting on July 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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