Nearly half of 5- to 11-year-olds in Berkeley have received their first vaccine dose

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About 49% of Berkeley children ages 5 to 11 years old have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the city of Berkeley announced Thursday.

The Pfizer vaccines were authorized for emergency use for children by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Oct. 29.

According to the city’s website, the Pfizer vaccines given to children are roughly one-third the size of those given to adults and 91% effective at preventing COVID-19. Children’s vaccine appointments can be booked through their primary care providers, Berkeley pharmacies or MyTurn, a vaccine portal run by the California Department of Public Health.

Sebastian Cahill is the university news editor. Contact him at [email protected], and follow him on Twitter at @SebastianCahil1.