L.A. County plans to supply the COVID-19 vaccine to youngsters underneath 5 years previous as quickly as this week, after the FDA introduced emergency use authorization for the age group Friday.
Director of L.A. Public Well being, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, stated the county could start providing the vaccine to kids as younger as 6 months previous, as quickly as Tuesday, June 21.
On Saturday, June 18, the CDC co-signed the FDA’s authorization, with CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky calling the authorization an “essential step ahead.”
“Collectively, with science main the cost, we’ve got taken one other essential step ahead in our nation’s struggle towards COVID-19. We all know hundreds of thousands of fogeys and caregivers are desperate to get their younger kids vaccinated, and with at present’s determination, they will,” Walensky stated in an announcement. “I encourage dad and mom and caregivers with questions to speak to their physician, nurse, or native pharmacist to study extra about the advantages of vaccinations and the significance of defending their kids by getting them vaccinated.”
The FDA’s authorization now means all age teams could obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Many dad and mom, caregivers and clinicians have been ready for a vaccine for youthful kids and this motion will assist shield these down to six months of age,” FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. stated. “These trusted with the care of youngsters can have faith within the security and effectiveness of those COVID-19 vaccines and might be assured that the company was thorough in its analysis of the information.”
L.A. County stays at a “medium” fee of COVID-19 neighborhood transmission and is “comparatively secure,” when measured with the CDC’s normal per 100,000 folks.
If COVID-19 hospitalizations proceed to extend, public well being initiatives the county reaching a “excessive” stage of neighborhood transmission by June 29, presumably triggering the return of indoor masks mandates.
“Ought to there be a change within the fee of improve of hospital admissions, the date could possibly be earlier, or the date could possibly be later,” Ferrer stated.