Weekly hospitalization rates from COVID-19 have recently increased among children 11 and under. Hospitalization rates among children and adolescents are at their highest level since the start of the pandemic. These increases come as many schools across the country have reverted to in-person learning. Masks are important in reducing the spread of COVID-19 among children in schools from kindergarten to grade 12. To keep children safe, the CDC recommends masks for all students, teachers and staff indoors, as well as COVID-19 vaccination and testing, and physical distancing. Read more about this in the COVID data tracker.
In the past 8 months, Los Angeles County has distributed more than 12 million doses of the vaccine, but infections in children remain a concern. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health is focused on immunizing children and initiating a weekly dialogue with pediatric and family medicine providers to discuss issues related to the COVID-19 vaccine, including storage / handling , onboarding processes, funding grants, vaccine administration best practices and responding to any questions or concerns. These sessions will be informal with representation from the local branch of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Department of Public Health. LACMA’s Public Health Council shares information with various networks, pediatric practices and other community organizations. To join the first call scheduled for tomorrow, Click here.
Meanwhile, California estimated earlier this month that it would need to give an additional 63 million doses by the end of 2022 – if initial injections for children under 12 were approved and boosters were given. were open to everyone.
At the end of last week, U.S. health officials approved booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine for all Americans 65 and older – as well as tens of millions of young people at higher risk of coronavirus due to their condition. health or their work.
California, with nearly 40 million people, has the lowest transmission rate of any state, and nearly 70% of eligible residents are fully immunized. This leaves nearly 12 million people unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.
California Secretary of Health Dr Mark Ghaly said the state would rely heavily on pharmacies and primary care providers to give reminders to the elderly, while some large counties and healthcare groups would use mass vaccination sites.