Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

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In order to expand capacity to give COVID-19 vaccines to patients ages 5 to 11, Sansum Clinic held an all-day, first-come-first served, by-appointment clinic [on Wednesday] at our Pediatrics Department at 51 Hitchcock Way in Santa Barbara. Nurses, medical assistants and our pediatricians primarily focused on administering the Pfizer vaccine to 338 patients. “Vaccinating this group of children is an important step in the fight against COVID-19,” commented Saida Hamdani, MD, Sansum Clinic Pediatrician. “While we are not the only place in town vaccinating children of this age, we felt strongly about playing a part in the local effort to vaccinate a large number of youth before the holiday season begins.”

All of Sansum Clinic’s 8 pediatric providers have been speaking to many families to answer questions and to explain the science behind the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children. Children in this age group are still required to receive two doses three weeks apart, in order to be considered fully-vaccinated. “The research has shown that these vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 in children of this age group,” added Jerold Black, MD, Sansum Clinic Pediatrician. “We are hopeful that our ability to vaccinate these younger patients gets us closer to herd immunity.” Dr. Hamdani was recently voted “Best In Santa Barbara” for the Best Pediatrician category in the Santa Barbara Independent, followed by runner up Dr. Black.  

Seven year old Kaeden Blankenship with Dr. Dan Brennan

While eligible children who are patients of Sansum Clinic can still receive the Pfizer vaccine during regular visits to the Pediatrics Department, Wednesday’s clinic helped to quickly immunize a large group of children in one day. Nearly 28 million children in the U.S. became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine with the FDA’s and CDC’s emergency authorization.  With many children back in classrooms and participating in activities, COVID-19 vaccination in this age range protects children from getting ill and potentially spreading infection to others. Since the start of the pandemic, Sansum Clinic has provided 800 COVID-19 vaccines to children, and 27,500 COVID-19 vaccines to adults over 18. As of November 16, 61.3% of the county was fully vaccinated and 71.9 % of those eligible to receive vaccine (age 5 and up) were vaccinated.

Pediatrics patients coming to Sansum Clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and a consent form is required. Families can schedule their child for a COVID-19 vaccine through MyChart, or by calling (805) 563-6211. In addition, local pharmacies are administering vaccines for children. A list can be found HERE or visit

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sacjon Nov 18, 2021 12:52 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

CANYON - Wild times indeed. People trust YouTube over their own doctors. People still fail to understand that COVID is contagious. It's awesome being a parent that's not fooled by FOX, Newsmax, YouTube, Q, etc.....

a-1637270715 Nov 18, 2021 01:25 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

Yes, do research. You'll find that the vaccines are not experimental and that the risk to your child from COVID is huge compared to any risks from vaccination. Not to mention the fact that your unvaccinated child will spread the disease to others.

bosco Nov 18, 2021 01:32 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

I am proudly one of those excited parents. It's hardly experimental at this point. A simple understanding of biology should tell you that, but that argument is lost on the science illiterate.

You are correct that kids have zero risk. It's not about their individual safety. It's a selfless decision to reduce the spread and protect those more vulnerable. Unfortunately we live in a selfish society which is why we're still dealing with this BS.

Voice of Reason Nov 18, 2021 01:53 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

"Based on current evidence, children are rarely the primary source of secondary transmission in the household or in child care and school settings and are more likely to contract the virus from an adult household member."

sacjon Nov 18, 2021 02:47 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

2:39 - the risk of kids getting covid and spreading it to their families, possibly killing their grandparents, parents, neighbors is FAR higher than the risk of adverse reactions to the vaccine. It's easy - more people die from COVID than the vaccine. Facts.

sacjon Nov 18, 2021 03:15 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

VOICE - haha, no man, it's not. Here, let me explain for you: you pulled out a quote to make it seem like kids don't really spread covid too much, therefore the 5-11 year olds shouldn't get the shot. Well, you left out the next sentence that said kids 10 and up spread it more than younger kids. So, to be genuine in your quotation, don't leave out the part that counters your claim about the upper 1/3 of the age group you're talking about. It's like cheating.

Also, it would be cherry picked if I ignored the part you pulled, which I didn't. I added it to it, because you intentionally left it out to fit your narrative. See? Yeah, you see.

sacjon Nov 18, 2021 03:23 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

"Although immediate mortality rates among children are low, long-term respiratory, and developmental implications of the disease remain unknown in this young and vulnerable population." - Yeah, that last sentence is kind of important. Funny (not really) how you left that out as well.

sacjon Nov 18, 2021 03:57 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

CANYONKID - OK, so did you see this part? "CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19."

How about this? "The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks. Get a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 years and older as soon as you can."

I'm sure you've read all that though, right? It's from the CDC website:

a-1637279899 Nov 18, 2021 03:58 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

3:25 - What you'll find if you look at actual CDC data is that vaccination is recommended for all who are eligible, which includes the child demographic being discussed here.

What you will find on social media misinformation sites are lies being falsely attributed to the CDC.

GeneralTree Nov 18, 2021 07:08 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

Canyon's sources are various YouTube links, the GOP, coctors that have been shunned by the medical community, and the disinformation dozen: Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician and major proponent of “natural health”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the son of Robert F. Kennedy and an environmental lawyer and the founder of Children’s Health Defense
Ty and Charlene Bollinger, self-acclaimed filmmakers and founders of the docuseries The Truth about Cancer
Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopathic physician who believes vaccines cause autism
Rizza Islam, an antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ social media influencer who targets his anti-vaccine messaging to the Black community
Rashid Buttar, an osteopathic physician known for using chelation therapy for numerous conditions, including autism and cancer
Erin Elizabeth, runs an alternative health site called “Health Nut News” who has also shared antisemitic posts
Sayer Ji, the founder of GreenMedInfo, a popular alternative medicine portal
Kelly Brogan, an author of books on alternative medicine, such as Mind of Your Own
Christiane Northrup, an obstetrics and gynecology physician and author who has embraced pseudoscientific alternative medicine theories
Ben Tapper, who works as a chiropractor and founded The Wellness Pointe
Kevin Jenkins, a social epidemiologist focused on inequities in healthcare

Voice of Reason Nov 18, 2021 01:34 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

Just some current data from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding the covid risk to children. I might have to check and see if the political persuasion of the AAP is acceptable and thus the information provide deemed informative or misinformation.
(Updated as of 11/11/21)

a-1637300674 Nov 18, 2021 09:44 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

VOR didn't read his own citation's contents, apparently. He's trying to spin the virus as not common or harmful in children, but here's what the pediatricians have to say:
"As of November 11, over 6.6 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. This week over 122,000 child cases were added, an increase of about 22% from two weeks ago. Child cases have declined since a peak of 252,000 the week of September 2nd, but COVID cases among children remain extremely high. For the 14th week in a row child COVID-19 cases are above 100,000. Since the first week of September, there have been almost 1.6 million additional child cases.

The age distribution of reported COVID-19 cases was provided on the health department websites of 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Since the pandemic began, children represented 16.8% of total cumulated cases. For the week ending November 11, children were 27.0% of reported weekly COVID-19 cases (children, under age 18, make up 22.2% of the US population).

At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is uncommon among children. However, there is an urgent need to collect more data on longer-term impacts of the pandemic on children, including ways the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its emotional and mental health effects."

Bottom line: VACCINATE

Voice of Reason Nov 19, 2021 07:01 AM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

The part you quoted was not the part I referenced in my comment regarding the Covid risk to children. There were some big bold words and bullet point stats you intentionally/conveniently left out.

sacjon Nov 18, 2021 04:00 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

PIT - that is curious, indeed. I 100% believe you're right, but did you find a source for that? I'd love to see that so I could share it with some friends of mine who keep insisting "it's not political." They're also "researchers" lol!

sacjon Nov 18, 2021 04:13 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

4:06 - bwahahahah! "False." Yeah? You sure about your "fact check?" Try again.

"became much higher in states with Republican governors by mid-summer and through 2020" -

Voice of Reason Nov 18, 2021 04:33 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

Touche' @4:19. i think next election cycle that % is going to be much smaller.... and Sac @3:15 again putting words in my mouth that were never said (written). I absolutely never said kids shouldn't get the shot, ever. It is 100% the parents decision.

sacjon Nov 18, 2021 04:40 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

4:21 - Nope, not "false" at all? How about you actually provide some evidence for your claims? Here, I'll help again:

"90% of Democrats had been vaccinated, compared with 68% of Independents and just 58% of Republicans." --

"Republicans and Republican leaning independents, who represent 41% of adults, now make up 60% of the adult unvaccinated population across the country and that political partisanship is a stronger predictor of whether someone is vaccinated than any demographic factor measured." ---

"Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose" ---

"Republicans disproportionately likely to still be unvaccinated against Covid-19" ---

"Unvaccinated adults are more than three times as likely to lean Republican than Democratic, demonstrating the widening partisan divide in Americans’ vaccination status" ---

I mean, do you even "research" your "facts" or are you just sitting there spouting off whatever comes to mind?

sacjon Nov 18, 2021 04:43 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

VOICE - you're right, you did say that, but so what? You're point is that kids don't need it, which I was rebutting, successfully. So really, doesn't matter whether I said "therefore the 5-11 year olds shouldn't get the shot" or "therefore the 5-11 year olds don't need the shot." The outcome is still the same: you're wrong.

sacjon Nov 18, 2021 05:21 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

4:19 - "which race has lowest vaccination rate" - why don't you tell us? Also, tell us why it matters? Fact remains, Repubs still have a lower, much lower, vax rate than Dems, which I've provided evidence for over and over today. Your "fact check" is a lie, but you know that. That's why you haven't bothered to even try to back it up.

a-1637285679 Nov 18, 2021 05:34 PM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

"A Gallup survey released on Sept. 29 confirmed the KFF findings. As of mid-September, 75% of adult Americans have been vaccinated, including 73% of non-Hispanic white adults and 78% of non-whites. Along party lines, however, the breakdown was 92% of Democrats, 68% of Independents, and 56% of Republicans."

letmego Nov 19, 2021 10:31 AM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

It's pretty fascinating. My hometown is very red and very pro Trump and republican. Also anti-vax and anti-mask and FREEDOM. Plenty of folks in the hometown online news site posting all of the conspiracy theories. Even the occasional family member "I heard they died of something else." Well...their wife said they died from COVID. (This recent death, a 50 yo man, who by the way makes him younger than me.)

Anyway, case rates are current 96 per 100k there. Case rates here? 12. It turns out that perhaps not wearing masks, ignoring COVID, and being 40% vaccinated increases the case rate. Now, I want to point out that with a vaccine available, plus monoclonal antibodies, plus (hopefully soon) additional pill treatments - I think we've officially moved on to "let's learn how to live with this disease." We've been doing this, across the country, to varying degrees and with varying success.

However, I did a little number crunching on our local death rates from the two "surges" - the big one Jan/Feb pre-vaccine, and the more recent one post-vaccine and with better treatments.

SB death rate per case Jan/Feb: 1.25%. More recent: 0.6%. So that's good, half the percentage of deaths and probably 10 to 1 ratio of unvaxxed to vaxxed.

Home town death rate per case Jan/Feb: 3.8%. More recent: 1.5%. Yeah, see, that's still good - rate cut more than half BUT still higher than SB's death rate was earlier this year.

Yeah, it's anecdata, but it's anecdata showing that fighting against vaccines and mask mandates doesn't help your death rates.

mm1970 Nov 19, 2021 10:24 AM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

I'm not sure it's totally insane, because mainly the vaccine prevents illness and spread - but it doesn't completely eliminate it. So, it's like the pill and condoms. You can pick one, but you are MUCH safer if you do both. And ya know, when I was in college and after and not married? You know I used both.

SB_93117 Nov 19, 2021 07:31 AM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

How did we pass it on? Assuming again, I see. Typical. You don't know our schedule, our routines as a family, where we go, or what we do. You don't know how we got it (we do). You don't know what we did for the 10 days preceding the infection or the 20 days following the infection. We 100% did not pass this on to anyone. Period.

sacjon Nov 19, 2021 08:52 AM
Sansum Clinic Hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Children

UNRULY -Look, it's the internet, we can all make up things and say them as "facts." My oldest, 22, is able to levitate objects with his mind since getting the vaccine. Also, he vomits gold coins. Crazy, right? But seriously, since you asked, here's the facts:

"There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems (problems trying to get pregnant) in women or men."


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