COVID Vaccines Available To Kids 12 And Over In Contra Costa County

May 13, 2021 20:00 pm · 12 comments

Kids between the ages of 12-15 can now get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at all county-run clinics in Contra Costa.

The County is expanding eligibility after the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommended Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for use in this younger age group. Previously, the Pfizer vaccine was only approved for people ages 16 and older.

The County has already begun working with the Contra Costa County Office of Education, local school districts and Kaiser Permanente to host vaccination clinics at various middle schools and high schools in the coming weeks.

Nearly 700,000 county residents ages 16+ have received at least one dose of vaccine already. About 65,000 residents in Contra Costa fall between ages 12-15.

Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for use by those who are ages 12-17. The other two COVID vaccines in the United States made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are still only available to people ages 18 and older.

remember May 14, 2021 at 7:14 AM

why do children who have the highest survival rate need a vaccine?

94521 May 14, 2021 at 7:34 AM

Because children can be little covy spreaders.

Me May 14, 2021 at 8:11 AM

The reason has been said for over 6 months now. How can this question still be asked?

Anon May 14, 2021 at 8:33 AM

Because big pHarma & $$$

The Observer May 14, 2021 at 9:02 AM

I see lots of speculation about possible long-term side-effects of the vaccines for Covid-19, but very little speculation about the long-term effects of the corona virus.

The corona virus first appeared in China only about a year and a half ago. It arrived in the US in early 2020. This means that this deadly virus hasn’t been “tested” on humans for any significant length of time. Long-term consequences? Nobody knows. There are many Covid-19 survivors who have complained of issues like brain fog and heart problems months after recovering. How many people will have these and perhaps other effects that won’t show up until several years after an infection?

The corona virus was “designed” in bat and pangolin genomes. The vaccines were designed by scientists. I decided to trust the scientists, not the bats, so I got my shots.

bdml May 14, 2021 at 10:17 AM

COVID is SARS and is not new to our country. It has been swimming around for decades. What long term side effects have you experienced? I know that I have experienced none and certainly not this round. I would be way more concerned about an unapproved vaccine where you are the lab rat but you do you…

The Fat Cat May 14, 2021 at 10:18 AM

@ The Observer

Well said, and a refreshing bit of reasoning around vaccines too rarely seen on this website . Usually people are just advising people to rub batteries on their skin to prove that Bill Gates is succeeding in controlling our brains with little nanobots with joysticks

@Anon

I agree that big pharma causes many many problems in this country, such as profiting off of the opioid epidemic or high insulin prices. But in this case, these companies are offering the solution to end the pandemic in the United States. Yes, they will profit. Why do you have a problem with this in this instance? Is this not a great example of a market solution? I will hazard a guess that you think that covid is a hoax and that all covid vaccines are unnecessary – but please correct me if I am wrong about your views

Googlar May 14, 2021 at 11:52 AM

94521

But the gene shot doesn’t prevent transmission. What does your comment have to do with the question?

Led May 14, 2021 at 11:58 AM

“because children can be little covy spreaders”

Can, but they get it less than adults, spread it less than adults. (Unlike the flu in that respect.) With a solid majority of adults vaccinated, cases in the whole population drop dramatically, including in unvaccinated kids. This has been the clear pattern in UK and Israel. But also, if adults can protect themselves (by getting vaxxed), kids don’t need to take one for the team to stop the spread. Individuals can protect themselves.

I know nobody is *requiring* young teens to get vaxxed yet, but we should push back against that idea before the teachers’ unions start pushing it. Colleges have already (wrongly, in my view) started announcing a vaccination requirement.

Also, the next step Pfizer is trying to take is an Emergency Use Authorization for kids 2-11 years old. I think that’s ridiculous. There’s no sense in which this is an emergency for that age group. It’s a common cold coronavirus for them. Even one in a million bad side effects from the vaccine would be too much in that case. The risk to young kids, when most of the adult population has been vaxxed so spread is low anyway, is infinitesimally small. Not justified to give them an “emergency use” authorized vaccine.

Bill Cutting May 14, 2021 at 11:12 AM

Fat cat are you a micro biologist?

JRocks May 14, 2021 at 11:45 AM

I don’t understand the “you must get vaccinated” argument.

If I get vaccinated why should I worry about you getting vaccinated or not? Isn’t the point of vaccination immunity from the virus?

Savagette May 14, 2021 at 2:50 PM

I have a 13 year old daughter and she will absolutely NOT get the vaccine. When she is 18 she can choose to get it if she wants it. And, I am not an “antivaxer”. We both hff ace received all the regular vaccines and even the flu shot. To be clear. Has anyone commenting on this, saying kids should take the vaccine, even looked at the trial information for kids 12-16? They took a group of 2500 kids and half of that actually got the vaccine. I’m sorry but 1250 kids observed over a few months is not enough data for me to say, “okay, go ahead and inject my kid with this experiment drug”. All these idiot politicians, celebrities, and media folk need to quit preaching that everyone needs to get vaccinated. The whole point of herd immunity is that once enough people are vaccinated and others have natural immunity from having covid, the herd is protected including the unvaccinated. If you are vaccinated you should not be worried about those around you that aren’t

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