Kids as young as five-years-old will soon be forced to show their COVID-19 vaccine cards in the city of San Francisco in order to be allowed inside a wide variety of indoor venues, including some restaurants.
As of this writing, the city currently requires folks 12 and up to provide proof they have been vaccinated. But now that vaccinations are being made available for kids between the ages of 5-11, the proof of vaccination mandate will soon apply to this demographic as well.
“We definitely want to wait and make sure that children have an opportunity to get vaccinated,” city health officer Dr. Susan Philip said concerning the passports. “That will happen no sooner than about eight weeks after the vaccine is available to kids.
“So there will be a limited time in which there will not be those requirements, but then at some point, 5- to 11-year-olds will also have to show proof of vaccination to access some of those same settings,” she continued.
Politico noted the vaccinations for the younger children began Wednesday in California. The vaccine for the younger children is a third of the adult dose. It is given out in two doses, 21 days apart.
“As with children 12-17 who may not have personal identification, we will follow the same approach with the younger kids such that they would not be penalized for not having an ID,” a spokesperson from the health department went on to say.