Los Angeles County health officials continued their campaign to get more people vaccinated against the coronavirus vaccine on Friday, focusing their efforts on the new kid-sized shots ages 5-11.
County and education officials dropped by Clinton Elementary School in Compton Friday, Nov. 5, where young children we’re receiving their first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Children aged 5-11 became eligible for shots this week, a group that includes about 900,000 kids in Los Angeles County.
Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health, and Dr. Debra Duardo, Superintendent of Schools for Los Angeles County joined representatives from St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and the Compton Unified School District to continue urging residents to get vaccinated.
“I’m so proud of the parents who have stepped up to the plate to protect their children and their families,” Mitchell said. “I know some are afraid, and they should talk to their pediatricians and healthcare providers.”
“Don’t take the ‘wait-and-see’ approach,” Mitchell added.
According to county statistics released this week and highlighted Friday, of the nearly 5.9 million fully vaccinated people in the county, 68,780 of them, or about 1.2%, subsequently tested positive, and 2,314 have been hospitalized, for a rate of 0.039%. The county has recorded 379 deaths among people who have been vaccinated, for a rate of 0.0006%.
Health officials have said that of the people who have died from COVID-19 — vaccinated and unvaccinated — the vast majority, or about 90%, had underlying health conditions. Hypertension has often been cited as the most common underlying condition leading to severe COVID illness or death.
“We remain committed to working with businesses and residents to prevent the continued spread of a virus that results in serious illness and death,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Our goal is to ensure everyone has good access to high-quality information about vaccine safety and easy access to vaccines.”
“We are reassured that 900,000 children ages 5-11 can get vaccinated before the winter holiday,” Ferrer added, “allowing many families to have more peace of mind as they make plans to gather with others to enjoy festivities.”
The county on Friday reported another 24 COVID-19 deaths, raising the overall death toll to 26,719.
Another 1,549 cases were also reported, giving the county a cumulative pandemic total of 1,499,991.
According to state figures, there were 664 COVID-positive patients hospitalized in the county as of Friday, up from 650 on Thursday. Of those hospitalized, 160 were being treated in intensive care, up slightly from 155 on Thursday.
Ferrer on Thursday noted that the county has seen a slight increase in the rate of virus transmission over the past week, along with a plateauing of other metrics that had been on a steady decline — hospitalizations and deaths.
The county’s seven-day cumulative virus-transmission rate as estimated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was 84 new cases per 100,000 residents this week, up from the mid-70s last week, keeping the county entrenched in the “substantial” transmission category.
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