Opinion: A Long-Awaited Relief for Parents

Vaccines for ages 5-11 have been a long time coming

Students head home after a day of classes at Mintie White Elementary School in Watsonville. PHOTO: TARMO HANNULA

Editor's Note

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Parents of young children around the county have been on edge for months waiting for a Covid-19 vaccine to be approved for ages 5-11 by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. First it was promised by the beginning of the school year, which would have eased fears considerably about the return of in-person K-12 schooling this Fall. But the date was pushed back, even as the Delta variant swept through the U.S. this summer. When Covid rates began to drop significantly in California in September and October, we still faced the unease of knowing that a huge percentage of school-age children were unprotected.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine was finally approved for kids 5 to 11. But as Guananí Gómez-Van Cortright reports in her cover story this week, Santa Cruz County schools are still in crisis mode, and there is plenty left to fix. Her story provides a sometimes unsettling window into the incredible challenges facing everyone involved in the system right now. For parents, there are even some things you haven’t thought to worry about yet. But my hope is that a fuller picture of the situation amid “the hardest school year ever” can bring understanding, empathy and solutions.



Letters to the Editor

Re: Hitchcock

My grandfather was his personal gardener for years. Ralph Ray lived in Felton, a few minutes drive from Scotts Valley. Supposedly there is a photo of Mr. Hitchcock holding me when I was a baby. I’m still looking for that pic.

— Michael Ray


What an interesting story and I loved Hitchcock movies and the TV show growing up. I was just in Scotts Valley; I could see why Hitchcock lived there, because it is very secluded compared to Santa Cruz. The man walking into his shadow.

Don Collier


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