California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent, the youngest age of any state, under a proposal late Thursday by a state senator.
The city is giving boosters to all adults now, Long Beach Health Department spokeswoman Jennifer Rice Epstein said today.
In California, state Public Health Officer Tomás Aragón sent a letter to local health officials and providers saying they should “allow patients to self-determine their risk of exposure.”
“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.
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“We are in a good place,” Long Beach health department spokeswoman Jennifer Rice Epstein said. “We need to do everything we can to hold the line.”
Instead, city health officials are waiting for “more specific booster dose recommendations” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which should be issuing the guidelines next week, according to a Sept. 18 city news release.
Los Angeles County’s health director says there have been improvements in COVID-19 vaccination rates across the board locally, but Black and Latino residents continue to lag behind.
Local and state officials expressed hope on Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and over will encourage people who have been hesitant about vaccination to finally get the shot.