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ChildrenSanta Clara County now offering vaccines for children aged 5 to 11

Santa Clara County now offering vaccines for children aged 5 to 11

In light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) approval on November 2 for children aged 5-to-11 to take the COVID-19 vaccine, Santa Clara County is now providing vaccinations for children in that age range. It is estimated that just north of 167,000 Santa Clara County residents are between ages 5 and 11. 

Vaccinations started being administered to kids via County providers on Wednesday morning (November 3). As of now, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for this usage, and children are receiving smaller doses of it than adults. No proof of insurance is required, nor are vaccine recipients questioned as to their immigration status. In addition, consistent with the norms of this pandemic, all vaccines for children will be free until further notice. 

Walk-in locations and appointment-setting options can be found here (it being noted that many appointment slots have already been filled, a situation that is expected to change as vaccine supply increases in the weeks to come). Santa Clara County residents are also encouraged to communicate directly with their healthcare providers for other options. 

Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the County of Santa Clara, said in a County statement, “This is an important step in protecting our children and our community, providing relief for families, and creating an additional level of protection to maintain in-person learning for our schools. We encourage all parents with children aged 5 and older to get their children vaccinated now.”

Come November 4, tomorrow, some 80 school locations within the county will also begin to serve as vaccination sites. 

Said the County’s statement in closing, “Vaccinations are the number one tool to prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19.”

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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