City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA – Starting Friday, Nov. 5, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children from 5 to 11 years old. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 on October 29, 2021, which was followed by approvals from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) today, November 2.
"Giving parents the ability to vaccinate their children is a huge step towards defeating this pandemic,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Now everyone 5 and older is able to receive the vaccine and that's 93% of Long Beach’s total population. It’s time to end this health crisis.”
The vaccine given to those 5 to 11 will be a lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine than what is provided to those 12 years old and older and will be distinguished by its different packaging. The vaccine for these youngsters will also be a two-dose course with 21 days between first and second doses.
Those ages 5 to 11 can receive a vaccine at the following City-run vaccine sites:
Everyone under the age of 18 will need parental consent in order to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The consent form is available online. Appointments for vaccine are strongly suggested. Starting Thursday, November 4, people may visit myturn.ca.gov or call 562.570.4636 to make an appointment.
It is estimated that more than 43,900 people living in Long Beach are between 5 and 11 years old. This age group can contract and transmit the virus and also can become seriously ill. To date, 3,553 people from 5 to 11 have been infected with COVID-19 in Long Beach, and five have been hospitalized as a result. Since the start of the pandemic, 94 children ages 5 to 11 have died from the virus in the U.S.
“The two best things parents can do is vaccinate children who are old enough to receive the vaccine, and get vaccinated themselves,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis.
As of November 2, there have been 65,274 COVID-19 cases in Long Beach and 1,042 people have died from the virus. More than 316,480 Long Beach residents are vaccinated, and 71.1% of those 12 and older are fully vaccinated. All vaccines are administered free of charge and have been provided directly by the federal government.
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LBHealthDept and @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.