San Diego County public well being officers are awaiting phrase from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the Western States committee on approval of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 6 months to five years and Pfizer’s for kids ages 6 months to 4 years.
If that does occur within the coming days, San Diego County youngsters in these age teams will have the ability to get vaccinated at their pediatrician’s workplace, group clinics and a few retail pharmacies.
“Whereas youngsters haven’t been as inclined to COVID-19, it’s necessary that they, too, are vaccinated to maintain them from getting sick and passing the virus to others,” mentioned Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public well being officer. “Some dad and mom have been eagerly anticipating the COVID vaccine for his or her youthful youngsters. They need to make an appointment to get them vaccinated as quickly as potential.”
The vaccines for kids this age can be given in a lot smaller doses, a press release from the county learn. The Pfizer vaccine can be given in three photographs, every containing one-tenth of an grownup dose. The primary two doses can be given three weeks aside and the ultimate shot a minimum of three months later.
The Moderna vaccine, which at the moment is just obtainable for adults, can be more likely to be permitted, county well being officers mentioned, for 2 extra age teams: youngsters between 6 and 17 years of age and people underneath 6. The Moderna shot for teenagers underneath 6 is a two-dose collection, given about 4 weeks aside. Every dose accommodates one quarter of the grownup dose.
Each the Pfizer and Moderna photographs for teenagers underneath 6 are given with smaller needles and, most instances, it’s administered within the leg. Everybody 5 years and older can get a vaccine and boosters without charge. Parental consent is required for all eligible minors to be vaccinated.
The county reported 1,773 new COVID-19 infections and two deaths on Thursday, growing the county’s cumulative totals to 813,035 infections and 5,318 deaths.
A complete of 9,672 circumstances had been reported prior to now week, in comparison with 10,370 infections the earlier week. San Diego County’s case fee per 100,000 residents 12 years of age and older is 42.13 for folks totally vaccinated and boosted, 25.06 for totally vaccinated folks and 75.59 for not totally vaccinated San Diegans.
The 14-day rolling proportion of constructive circumstances, amongst exams reported by means of June 11, is 10.7%
The variety of sufferers hospitalized with COVID-19 in county hospitals elevated by 14 to 226 on Friday, whereas the variety of sufferers in intensive care items remained regular at 20.
Greater than 2.97 million or 94.4% of San Diegans age 5 and older are a minimum of partially vaccinated. Greater than 2.63 million of that age cohort, or 83.6%, are totally vaccinated. There have been 1,358,992 boosters administered, or 58.7% of two,316,581 eligible San Diegans.
–Metropolis Information Service