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Santa Clara County ready to give COVID vaccinations to children age 5 and under

Shots will be available through county clinics, including at a new site in Mountain View

COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 5 years old could be available as soon as Tuesday, June 21, in Santa Clara County. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

The long-awaited COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 5 years old could be available as soon as Tuesday, June 21, with appointments opening on Monday afternoon, pending final approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Santa Clara County Public Health leaders said during a Friday, June 17, press conference. The Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccines for children on Friday, and the CDC is expected to approve the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines as early as Friday or Saturday.

The county has been preparing to distribute the vaccines for weeks and is "ready to go," as soon as the CDC clears the way. The shots will be available through county clinics, including at a new location in Mountain View. Appointments can be made through the county's website and through local health care providers and pediatricians' offices, Dr. Ahmad Kamal, COVID-19 director of health care preparedness for the county, said.

While the vaccines might initially roll out slowly, the county expects to eventually be able to provide 1,000 per day, he said. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines would be in lower doses than those given to older children and adults, Kamal said. Children would receive a three-shot series of 3-microgram doses of the Pfizer vaccine or one-quarter of the adult dose of the Moderna vaccine in a two-shot series. Both are equally safe and effective, he said.

There are 100,000 children in the county in the 6-month to 5-year age group, and the health leaders urged parents to vaccinate their small children. While children tend to weather illnesses better than older adults, there are still considerable risks to not being vaccinated against COVID-19, the health leaders said.

Nationally, those under age 5 have had the highest rates of hospitalization among children. More than 400 in that age group have died, including one child in Santa Clara County, said Dr. Sara Cody, county health officer.

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Dr. Sarah Rudman, county assistant health officer and mother to a 2-year-old child, said she was surprised to learn that two-thirds of young children who contracted COVID-19 were hospitalized, and up to 5% of children who have had COVID-19 might have long-term effects.

"I'm so relieved to be able to vaccinate my child," she said.

Getting small children to wear a mask or socially distance is a difficult task; having the added layer of vaccine protection so that children don't get sick relieves families of the burden of extra work. "It's a game-changer," she said.

For parents who might be concerned about the vaccine's safety and whether they should immunize their children, Rudman said as a doctor and a parent, she has reviewed the studies for safety and efficacy.

"The vaccines are incredibly safe," she said, adding that researchers ran multiple trials for months that involved thousands of children. There also is more than a year's worth of data on millions of people in other age groups that has proven the vaccines to be safe and effective, she said.

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Rudman said she expected there would be minor side effects. Children who received the vaccinations could be fussy and sleepy and might not eat as much.

"But we're not seeing scary side effects" that were a concern, she said.

The data shows the level of protection in terms of antibodies is similar to what is seen in older children and adults.

Wastewater surveillance data, which tracks the presence and quantity of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the county, is showing the virus is nearly as rampant as it was at the height of the omicron surge, Cody said. "That data generally tracks well with case data," she said.

The largest of the county's four sewersheds, in San Jose, looks as though the levels of virus are just starting to come down. The other sewersheds are "a little bumpy," but might also be starting to edge lower, she said.

Countywide for the entire population, the vaccination rate is at 86%; 70% of people who are eligible for boosters have received at least one shot, Cody said.

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Santa Clara County ready to give COVID vaccinations to children age 5 and under

Shots will be available through county clinics, including at a new site in Mountain View

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Uploaded: Fri, Jun 17, 2022, 1:47 pm

The long-awaited COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 5 years old could be available as soon as Tuesday, June 21, with appointments opening on Monday afternoon, pending final approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Santa Clara County Public Health leaders said during a Friday, June 17, press conference. The Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccines for children on Friday, and the CDC is expected to approve the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines as early as Friday or Saturday.

The county has been preparing to distribute the vaccines for weeks and is "ready to go," as soon as the CDC clears the way. The shots will be available through county clinics, including at a new location in Mountain View. Appointments can be made through the county's website and through local health care providers and pediatricians' offices, Dr. Ahmad Kamal, COVID-19 director of health care preparedness for the county, said.

While the vaccines might initially roll out slowly, the county expects to eventually be able to provide 1,000 per day, he said. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines would be in lower doses than those given to older children and adults, Kamal said. Children would receive a three-shot series of 3-microgram doses of the Pfizer vaccine or one-quarter of the adult dose of the Moderna vaccine in a two-shot series. Both are equally safe and effective, he said.

There are 100,000 children in the county in the 6-month to 5-year age group, and the health leaders urged parents to vaccinate their small children. While children tend to weather illnesses better than older adults, there are still considerable risks to not being vaccinated against COVID-19, the health leaders said.

Nationally, those under age 5 have had the highest rates of hospitalization among children. More than 400 in that age group have died, including one child in Santa Clara County, said Dr. Sara Cody, county health officer.

Dr. Sarah Rudman, county assistant health officer and mother to a 2-year-old child, said she was surprised to learn that two-thirds of young children who contracted COVID-19 were hospitalized, and up to 5% of children who have had COVID-19 might have long-term effects.

"I'm so relieved to be able to vaccinate my child," she said.

Getting small children to wear a mask or socially distance is a difficult task; having the added layer of vaccine protection so that children don't get sick relieves families of the burden of extra work. "It's a game-changer," she said.

For parents who might be concerned about the vaccine's safety and whether they should immunize their children, Rudman said as a doctor and a parent, she has reviewed the studies for safety and efficacy.

"The vaccines are incredibly safe," she said, adding that researchers ran multiple trials for months that involved thousands of children. There also is more than a year's worth of data on millions of people in other age groups that has proven the vaccines to be safe and effective, she said.

Rudman said she expected there would be minor side effects. Children who received the vaccinations could be fussy and sleepy and might not eat as much.

"But we're not seeing scary side effects" that were a concern, she said.

The data shows the level of protection in terms of antibodies is similar to what is seen in older children and adults.

Wastewater surveillance data, which tracks the presence and quantity of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the county, is showing the virus is nearly as rampant as it was at the height of the omicron surge, Cody said. "That data generally tracks well with case data," she said.

The largest of the county's four sewersheds, in San Jose, looks as though the levels of virus are just starting to come down. The other sewersheds are "a little bumpy," but might also be starting to edge lower, she said.

Countywide for the entire population, the vaccination rate is at 86%; 70% of people who are eligible for boosters have received at least one shot, Cody said.

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PeaceLove
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Shoreline West
on Jun 19, 2022 at 10:38 pm
PeaceLove, Shoreline West
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on Jun 19, 2022 at 10:38 pm

[Post removed and poster banned due to disinformation/trolling]


JAFO
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Old Mountain View
on Jun 22, 2022 at 7:48 pm
JAFO, Old Mountain View
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on Jun 22, 2022 at 7:48 pm

For the June 22, 2022 cases MTD is 19,966 in comparison to June 2021, which was PRE-DELTA AND PRE-OMICRON, MTD was 607 which means we are 32.89 times of the June 2021 cases when we had a supposedly safe level. Our current daily average is 951 and In June 2021, we had 28 cases per day, we are 33.66 times that of that month. For May 2022 the average was 885 are at 1.07 times the number

For the month of June MTD we have tested 209,894 and in June 2021 of the same sample MTD we tested 176,693 which means our sample size is 119% of June 2021. But yet we have INCREASED POSITIVITY. The positivity rate is 10.59% but the June 2021 MTD Average was .36% meaning we are about 29.04 TIMES higher than June 2021. In May 2022 we had 6.92% and we are 1.53 times that today

We are currently reporting only 67 ICU beds available (64 adult and 3 child) which is only 11.47% available beds in the county. Our current daily hospitalization are 178 with 14 suspected cases. Our averages regarding hospitalizations though we are at a 7 day average of 188 positive cases and 19 suspected cased at total of 207. We are ranked 4th in the state. And we are back to the level of hospitalizations of 90 that we were in December 2021, but in July 2021 we were at 32 patients, and in May 2020 we were at 51 patients.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE IN THE LAST WEEK WE HAVE ONLY TESTED 47,470 TIMES YET HAVE HAD ONLY 5,296. THAT RESULTS IN A POSITIVITY OF 12%. THE LAST 4 DAYS WE HAVE TESTED LESS THAN 18,000 OR 8.3 OF THE MONTH, WHICH MEANS WE HAVE A SERIOUS UNDERCOUNTING PROBLEM. 4 OUT OF 21 SHOULD RESULT IN 19% OF THE MONTH AND UNDERCOUNT OF 57% FOR THAT PERIOD.

That does mean we are not in very good shape, are we?


JAFO
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Old Mountain View
on Jun 24, 2022 at 2:17 am
JAFO, Old Mountain View
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on Jun 24, 2022 at 2:17 am

Steven Goldstein

For the June 23, 2022 cases MTD is 21,223 in comparison to June 2021, which was PRE-DELTA AND PRE-OMICRON, MTD was 645 which means we are 32.90 times of the June 2021 cases when we had a supposedly safe level. Our current daily average is 965 and In June 2021, we had 29 cases per day, we are 33.66 times that of that month. For May 2022 the average was 885 are at 1.07 times the number

For the month of June MTD we have tested 220,616 and in June 2021 of the same sample MTD we tested 185,367 which means our sample size is 119% of June 2021. But yet we have INCREASED POSITIVITY. The positivity rate is 10.62% but the June 2021 MTD Average was .37% meaning we are about 28.85 TIMES higher than June 2021. In May 2022 we had 7.20% and we are 1.48 times that today

We are currently reporting only 71 ICU beds available (64 adult and 7 child) which is only 12.16% available beds in the county. Our current daily hospitalization are 179 with 21 suspected cases. Our averages regarding hospitalizations though we are at a 7 day average of 187 positive cases and 18 suspected cased at total of 205. We are ranked 4th in the state. And we are back to the level of hospitalizations of 90 that we were in December 2021, but in July 2021 we were at 32 patients, and in May 2020 we were at 51 patients.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE IN THE LAST WEEK WE HAVE ONLY TESTED 46,8620 TIMES YET HAVE HAD 5,456 CASES. THAT RESULTS IN A POSITIVITY OF 11.64%. THE LAST 4 DAYS WE HAVE TESTED LESS THAN 22,689 OR 10% OF THE MONTH, WHICH MEANS WE HAVE A SERIOUS UNDERCOUNTING PROBLEM. 4 OUT OF 21 SHOULD RESULT IN 18% OF THE MONTH AND UNDERCOUNT OF 43% FOR THAT PERIOD. THIS MEANS YOU NEED TO ADD ANOTHER 43% OF THAT PERIOD TO GET A REAL COUNT WHICH WOULD COME TO 7,800

That does mean we are not in very good shape, are we?


JAFO
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Old Mountain View
on Jun 24, 2022 at 6:51 pm
JAFO, Old Mountain View
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on Jun 24, 2022 at 6:51 pm

Steven Goldstein

June 24 Wastewater Update CDC Monitoring on June 21, 2022, these are cases resulting in exposure to the people in the county, this is not limited to Santa Clara since many people travel in and out of the county.

From Site 305: 11% of Santa Clara County, the last reading was 83.14. During March 2022 the viral scale was 26.89 with an Ave. of 170 case per day. And this month so far, we have an Ave. of 85.71. (+218%).

From Site 352: 5% of Santa Clara County, the last reading was 71.50. During March 2022 the viral scale was 20.48 with an Ave. of 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an Ave. of 64.91. (+217%)

From Site 353: 71% of Santa Clara County, the last reading was 86.20. During March 2022 the viral scale was 19.67 with an Ave. 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an Ave. of 85.44 (+334%) This site samples 1.5M of Santa Clara county 75% of its population

From Site 354: 7% of Santa Clara County, the last reading was 85.50. During March 2022 the viral scale was 19.19 with an Ave of 170 cases per day. And this month so far, we have an Ave. of 84.58. (+341%)

The Current Viral Scale for Santa Clara County is 79.87. In comparison to March which was 21.20 which we are 3.82 times March at this time. My Monthly average is 1,041. in March it was 170 We are 6.12 times of March 2022 In June 2021 it was 97 which means we are 10.73 times what we were last summer. In May 2022 we were at an average of 921 which means we are 1.13 times May 2022.

My model predicts 1550 cases a day whether or not they are reported

WE ARE REPLAYING OMICRON FROM DEC 2021

This is data that is from 3 days ago.


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