LAUSD to offer voluntary coronavirus vaccines to kids 5 to 11

District encourages students to get their COVID-19 shots but isn’t currently mandating them for this age group.

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced Tuesday, Nov. 2, it will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 next week, though it’s not currently requiring students in this age group to get the shots.

The announcement came shortly after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave final approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be administered to 5- to 11-year-olds under an emergency use authorization at a third of the regular dose for adults and teens.

“We are delighted to be able to offer voluntary vaccine access to students in this age group,” the nation’s second-largest school district said in a statement. “The COVID-19 vaccine is highly encouraged for children ages 5-11. However, it will not be part of Los Angeles Unified’s current student vaccine requirement.”; Click here to read more: