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More of 900 sites to apply COVID vaccines for children under 5 years old are available in Los Angeles County.
vaccinations are administered from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pmand this Wednesday, on the first day of application, some parents lined up with their children.
Semaya, who is only 1 year old, let out a huge scream but quickly recovered after seeing how many were available to watch her get her first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. Her mom is relieved to be one of the first.
“This is just a good layer of insurance knowing that she is vaccinated and should be protected against serious illness,” Semaya’s mother, Lello Tesema, told ABC.
More than 103,000 vaccine doses have been distributed to vaccination siteschildren’s hospitals, pharmacies and pediatricians in Los Angeles County.
“Many of us have been waiting months for this day, so I am very, very grateful to have two vaccine products that we can offer our youngest patients,” said Vaccine Preventable Disease Control Medical Director Dr. Nava. Yeganeh.
“(With) Moderna you protect yourself faster: two doses and that’s it. With Pfizer, it takes a little longer, because it’s a three-dose vaccine, but they both do a great job of protecting children,” she added.
The most recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that only about 18% of parents of children under 5 are willing to have their children vaccinated right away.
The medical director asked parents not to miss the time to vaccinate their children.
“Most parents want their children to be safe. They want their children to be healthy and we just have to do a better job of explaining how important it is to get your child vaccinated,” she stressed.
It is recommended that you call the immunization center you plan to attend in advance because some large retail pharmacies only carry doses of the Pfizer vaccine, while others only offer Moderna.
While most young children don’t always get seriously ill, Los Angeles County health officials want parents to remember that if a child gets and becomes sick with COVID, he or she can spread it to older family members, including if they are vaccinated, because progressive infections can occur.
Los Angeles County operates a COVID vaccination call center for residents who do not have access to a computer or have a disability that requires telephone assistance. Residents without access to a computer can call 833-540-0473 between 8:00 am and 8:30 pm, 7 days a week, for help with appointments.
To schedule an appointment online and find out the location of the vaccination centers, you can consult this link.
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