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San Francisco Youth ages 12 to 15 eligible to get vaccinated but go ahead date still to be confirmed

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Amancay Tapia
Amancay Tapia

Following yesterday announcement by the Food and Drug Administration of the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for kids 12 through 15 years of age, San Francisco is waiting for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory committee to review and approve the shots to begin vaccinating individuals on the this new eligible group.

According to the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), tomorrow the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, will review the FDA authorization and issue recommendations “at which point the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup will assess the findings and issue their recommendations. Once the review process is complete, San Francisco will begin administration of the vaccine”.

Mayor London Breed welcomed the news via her twitter account;

This is great news, and San Francisco is ready to start administering the Pfizer vaccine for this new group as soon as we're allowed. We're making great progress on vaccinating our residents, and we'll continue working to get everyone eligible vaccinated as soon as possible.

Only individuals 16 and older are currently eligible to get vaccinated in San Francisco, and for those under 18 the only vaccine authorized is Pfizer as experts claim it is very effective in teenagers.

Dr. Grant Colfax said via a statement to the City and county of San Francisco.

studies are showing that the Pfizer vaccine prevents up to 100% of COVID-19 infections and produces protective antibodies. The science is clear; the more people we vaccinate, the more we drive down case rates and minimize the risk of transmission. Vaccines truly are our ticket out of this pandemic.

Since San Francisco started vaccinating the population, the city has put in place an efficient infrastructure of low-barrier access points to ensure a fair access to vaccines in communities that have suffered the most by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many middle school students, have struggled through the pandemic with online education and missed out on almost a year of in-person education. The San Francisco Unified School District allowed only around 2,000 middle and high school students to return to school last month since the shutdown in March of 2020.

We know that outbreaks among our young people typically occur because someone in the household contracted COVID-19. For this reason, it’s important that everyone who is eligible in a household get the vaccine as soon as possible so that we can look forward to resuming a normal school schedule and the extracurricular activities and supportive childcare we’ve all missed this past year. Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family and your school.” Said Mayor Breed

The SFDPH and DCYF will be hosting a town hall on Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. with San Francisco’s Health Officer Dr. Susan Philip; Dr. Lillian Brown, Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF - HIV, Infectious Diseases; and Global Medicine and Dr. Lee Atkinson-McEvoy – UCSF Division Chair of Pediatrics. Families that have doubts or questions about vaccinating their children can register here

When booking an appointment please remember that only sites with Pfizer can vaccinate people under 18 who also need a permission from a parent or guardian to do so.

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