12-year-old gets COVID-19 vaccine for her birthday in Irvine

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Friday is Tustin resident Sydney Hoag’s 12th birthday, and to celebrate, she received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Irvine.

The Pfizer vaccine and other COVID-19 shots are eligible for people age 12 and up, and Hoag couldn’t wait to get vaccinated.

“I just wanted to get the shot on my birthday, first chance I could,” Hoag said.

Hoag wasn’t alone in receiving the vaccine while being newly eligible. After discussing the topic with his wife, Tim Muller brought his twin 12-year-old boys, Cooper and Brody Muller, to get vaccinated the day after their birthday.

“They’ve got a lot of sports, they’re around a lot of kids and they’re getting ready for school, so we felt it would be very important to get them taken care of,” Tim Muller said.

Correction: A previous version of this story gave an incorrect city of residence for Hoag. This post has been updated.

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