The Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) is hosting its first vaccine clinic for individuals 12 and over in partnership with the First Baptist Church of Pasadena from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the church, which is located at 75 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena.
At least 60 youth are expected to be vaccinated at the clinic.
“We encourage vaccinations so teens can attend camps, travel and socialize with others who have been vaccinated,” said city Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian. “This is an opportunity to protect your family so they can finally see grandparents and other relatives who they’ve been separated from because of the fear they weren’t vaccinated.”
PPHD will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, which was endorsed this week for use in 12- to-15-year-olds by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Parents were invited to reserve appointments for their children through the state vaccination website at myturn.ca.gov. A parent or guardian must accompany children to their appointments.
Local pharmacies have also started vaccinating the younger age group.
Grocery chain Ralphs also announced that its pharmacies will begin offering shots to those 12 to 15 starting Thursday.
Thursday morning, Rite Aid also announced it will administer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 12 or older at all locations offering the Pfizer vaccine.
CVS will also be offering the vaccine.
So far, 62% of Pasadena residents age 16 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 80% have received at least one dose.