Progress to get younger people vaccinated came after people aged 17 and younger made up 18% of the coronavirus cases in April.
“Fortunately, this pandemic has not affected kids to the same degree as adults. There are rare cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, and so those can be life threatening,” Dr. Chad Vercio, chair of pediatrics at Riverside University Health System, said.
Most of LA County will open vaccination sites to families on Thursday. Long Beach will open three sites. The grocery store chain Ralphs will also be offering the Pfizer vaccine to teenagers.
Anyone under 17 wanting to get vaccinated will need to be accompanied by an adult and have a photo ID showing proof of age.