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LA County Offers COVID Vaccine To Everyone 12 And Up

A young man received the COVID vaccine from a health worker.
Anthony Briseno, 20, receives his first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles on April 23, 2021.
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California health officials say Los Angeles vaccine sites will immediately begin offering the Pfizer vaccine to kids old enough to qualify. The Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 shot that has been given the thumbs up from the federal government for kids 12-17 years old. Just like for adults, it’s two shots, 21 days apart.

The mass vaccination sites in L.A. County operated by the Department of Public Health all offer the Pfizer vaccine. In preparation, the county has been working with other vaccine providers — including pediatricians — to make sure as many of them as possible have at least some Pfizer vaccine to offer 12-17 year-olds who may come in to a medical office.

The city of L.A. will begin offering shots to the youngest cohort beginning on Friday.

The CDC updated its clinical guidance, which now says COVID-19 vaccines can be given on the same day as other routine vaccines, such as TDAP, instead of waiting 14 days. The move is intended to help boost rates of routine immunizations, which have seen a sharp decline during the pandemic, leaving children vulnerable to myriad diseases. If you're in doubt, consult your pediatrician.

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