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Orange County Reports High Demand In Child COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 start rolling out in Orange County
TUSTIN, CA - November 04: Sisters, eight and nine years old, pose for a photo as they show off the bandage on their arms where they received the COVID-19 vaccination at the Kaiser Permanente Tustin Ranch Medical Offices in Tustin on Thursday, November 4, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

ORANGE COUNTY (CBSLA) - According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Orange County has revealed that there is substantial interest from parents who want to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19.

Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, a health official for Orange County, has reported that there have been over 7,500 administered vaccinations for children aged 5-to-11 years old since the vaccination was made available to this age group on November 3.

On Tuesday, the county administered over 3,000 doses to children, reflecting what Chinsio-Kwong called a "healthy demand" in the vaccine.

Across the nation, there are nearly 28 million children that fall within this age range. As of Friday, it is estimated that almost 900,000 have already gotten their first dosage of the vaccine. In California alone, that number sits somewhere around 110,000.

Kwong remarked that that number would likely shoot up over the coming days, with kids being out of school for the weekend. According to the LA Times report, over 700,000 appointments have been made nationally for children to receive their first dosage.

Los Angeles County leaders have issued hopes of having around 900 locations for on-site vaccination, especially in urban areas where some families may not have personal transportation methods.

Parents can book appointments through the California Department of Public Health website.

Experts urge those who are eligible, including both youth vaccination and those ready for booster shots ,to get vaccinated as we head into the winter season, which will likely bring a new surge of COVID-19 cases.

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