COVID Vaccine for Younger Children in the Works

an upside down vial of the covid vaccine is put into a syringe
A county worker gets the COVID vaccines ready. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.

According to data from Alameda County, 45.7 percent of people in Oakland who are 16 and up are fully vaccinated against COVID, and 69.3 percent who have received at least one dose.

The FDA may approve the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12-15 as soon as this week, and may start giving the vaccines out later this month, according to Yahoo! News. Trials have begun on a Pfizer vaccine for children under 11 years-old.

In case you missed it, the pause on using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been lifted. There have been 17 reported serious incidents after the vaccine related to blood clots, according to a CNN report. Alameda County has resumed using the vaccine after a short pause. Read Brian Kranz’ report for Oaklandside on Alameda County’s use of the vaccine.

The Oakland Coliseum mega vaccination site will close on May 23 according to an announcement from the county, and local organizations and health centers will continue to administer the COVID vaccine.

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Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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