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More COVID vaccines expected to be delivered to Los Angeles County children today

Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 have begun to slowly roll out in Los Angeles County, although health officials have warned that delivery delays have limited the availability of pediatric vaccines. Some Southland pharmacies and pediatric practices started dosing on Tuesday, but availability was limited in many counties. Vaccines are expected to be introduced in some areas today, the official said.

Federal authorities have approved doses for children aged 6 months and over over the weekend. The approval covers vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.

County health officials noted that younger children are at lower risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID, but they said the risk is higher among unvaccinated children. They also state that unvaccinated children are at higher risk of developing multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C.

Over the past three months, unvaccinated children aged 12-17 are nearly four times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID than vaccinated children, according to the District. Of eligible children in the county who contracted confirmed cases of MIS-C, 65% were not vaccinated, officials said.

According to the county health department, delivery problems caused the delay, and wider distribution is expected by Wednesday.

Ultimately, the county expects vaccines to be available at more than 900 vaccination sites. Meeting locations and times can be found online at vaccinatelacounty.com or in Spanish at vacunatelosangeles.com.

On Tuesday, the county reported another 2,294 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases for the entire duration of the pandemic to 3,071,314. Health officials noted that while the daily number of cases appears to be stabilizing after an increase over the past few weeks, overall transmission of the virus remains high.

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