By CBSLA Staff

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — According to the CDC, more than 1 million kids under the age of 12 have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since its use was approved for children ages 5 to 11.

TUSTIN, CA – November 04: Sisters, eight and nine years old, pose for a photo as they show off the bandage on their arms where they received the COVID-19 vaccination at the Kaiser Permanente Tustin Ranch Medical Offices in Tustin on Thursday, November 4, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

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In the two weeks since the FDA issued emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine, more than a million children have received their first dose. While full vaccination won’t come in time for Thanksgiving, those children will be considered fully vaccinated by Christmas.

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In Orange County, public health officials say they have seen high demand for children’s COVID vaccinations. Last Tuesday alone, about 3,000 doses were administered for children between 5 to 11. Since the Pfizer vaccine was approved for those ages, nearly 7,780 doses have been distributed in Orange County.

Children ages 5 to 11 represent 8% of the county’s population, according to deputy county health officer Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong. With those children now part of the county’s vaccination rates, 73% of Orange County’s population has received at least one dose, and 68% is fully vaccinated, she said.

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The Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is 1/3 of the dose that teens and adults receive. Public health officials say children should not be given pain relievers in advance of vaccination.