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November 3, 2021 - CDC Recommendation of Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine

Pasadena Unified School District
A Message from PUSD Health Programs

November 3, 2021

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) announced yesterday that it recommends the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old. This expands vaccination coverage to about 28 million children in the United States and allows providers to begin inoculating newly eligible children as soon as possible. 

Pasadena Unified will make it easier for eligible students to be vaccinated. Following this week’s CDC recommendation, we would also like families to know we are finalizing plans with the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) for District vaccination clinics not only at our PUSD Primary Clinic but also at multiple school sites. It is our goal to offer opportunities for the first dose before Thanksgiving and the second dose three weeks later which will allow our students to be fully vaccinated before they return from winter break.  

According to the CDC, COVID cases in children can result in hospitalizations, deaths, and long-term complications. The spread of the Delta variant resulted in a surge among children throughout the summer. COVID-19 vaccines have undergone – and will continue to undergo – the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. 

Getting your children vaccinated can help protect them, reduce disruptions to in-person learning, and curb community transmission. PPHD will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 on Monday, November 8.  Those seeking the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 can make an appointment at or check with your local pharmacy.