The government of California could soon be asserting its complete ownership of the bodies of all the state’s children, beginning with youngsters in San Francisco. By the end of 2021 children ages 5 to 11 living in that city could soon be required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter public indoor spaces like restaurants and sports venues, San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Susan Philip said on Nov. 2.
COVID has already been almost universally recognized as far less deadly to children than it is to adults.
Philip’s declaration came just hours after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention OK’d use of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11, reports thecentersquare.com’s California page.
The vaccine was OK’d for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration in late October.
Not surprisingly, the requirement would be one of the strictest in the nation for young children. Since late August eligible Californians 12 and older have had to show proof of full vaccination to enter indoor spaces like bars, restaurants, gyms, large indoor events and any business or event where people are eating indoors.
Some 84 percent of San Francisco’s 12-and-older residents are vaccinated, with a rate is even higher among 12-17-year-olds, exceeding 90 percent according to recent data.
Philip acknowledged that COVID occurs among children at a markedly lower rate than among adults, and that San Francisco is no exception.
The requirement for children ages 5 to 11 to be vaccinated will not apply to schools … yet. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in October that students will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine only once it is fully approved by the FDA.
Health officials estimate that California kids in grades 7 to 12 could be required to be fully vaccinated by July 1 of next year.