On Tuesday, Oct.26, Los Angeles County health officials again urged eligible residents to receive booster shots for COVID-19, as well as preparing for pending federal approval of vaccinations for children ages 5-11.
An FDA advisory group on Tuesday recommended approval for emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 and older. FDA officials still need to approve the recommendation along with the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. committee and director of the CDC.
The Pfizer vaccine is currently licensed for emergency use for children 12-15 years of age, and fully licensed for people 16 years of age and older.
“After reviewing the safety and efficacy data, the FDA’s vaccine advisory group met today to recommend Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, bringing us closer to expanding vaccine access to 900,000 Los Angeles County children.” – said the director of the public health department of the district Barbara Ferrer. statement. “Fully vaccinated children will be better protected in schools, youth events, holiday gatherings and celebrations, and at home. Once CDC issues final approval and guidance, the district will be ready to begin offering doses to young children by the end of next week through our extensive network of health care providers in the district. ”
County health officials also continued to advocate for booster shots, 30,000 of which were introduced in the county Friday through Sunday. As of Sunday, a total of 425,000 booster doses of vaccine had been administered in the county.
The county estimates that 3.6 million residents are eligible for benefits. According to federal regulations, boosters are available for people who:
– 65 years of age and older;
– Age 18 and older living in long-term care facilities;
– Age 18 and older with concomitant diseases; and
– Age 18 and over, living or working in high-risk settings.
Under federal regulations, people can receive a different brand of booster vaccine than their original doses.
People who have received a Pfizer or Moderna two-dose vaccine should not receive a booster shot earlier than six months after their last dose. For Johnson & Johnson’s one-time vaccine, people must wait at least two months after being vaccinated.
According to figures released Thursday, 79% of county residents aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 71% are fully vaccinated.
On Tuesday, the county reported 20 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 26,572 deaths. A further 827 cases were also reported, bringing the total during the pandemic to 1,486,614.
The rolling average daily number of people who test positive for the virus was 0.9% as of Tuesday.
There were 650 coronavirus patients in county hospitals as of Tuesday, up from 629 on Monday, according to government data. Of these patients, 179 were in intensive care, up from 170 the day before.