By: Konrad Holden
San Francisco health officials announced this week that proof of vaccination will be required for children ages 5 and up to enter certain venues. The requirement isn’t set to take effect for a couple of months to allow children the opportunity to be vaccinated. This announcement comes just two weeks after the FDA approved the experimental vaccine for 5-11 year old children.
The COVID-19 vaccines have been an experiment from the beginning.
That fact has made many Americans across all different racial, political, social, and economic divides hesitant to get the shot.
But now, the city of San Francisco is pushing that experiment on 5-year-old children.
The city’s Department of Public Health announced this week that 5-11 year olds will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter indoor public venues like restaurants, entertainment facilities, and sporting events.
The city’s requirement will not kick in to effect for at least two more months to allow children the time to get the vaccine.
It was only two weeks ago that the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use for children aged 5 through 11. And the announcement was made on the same day children could get the vaccine for the first time.
The city will be one of the first to mandate the vaccine for small children if the order is carried out.
“We definitely want to wait and make sure children have an opportunity to get vaccinated, so that will happen no sooner than about eight weeks after the vaccine is available for kids.” - Susan Philip, San Francisco Health Officer