The majority of American parents are eager to have their children vaccinated with COVID-19, although they make up a minority. New polls show that the majority of parents prefer to wait, even if it means they have to wait longer before getting their kids vaccines. 

Even though authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11 is eagerly anticipated in some quarters – it could happen by next week – a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 68% of parents with children in that age range would either wait and see (33%), definitely not have their kids receive the shots (30%) or do so only if required (5%).

Only 27% of the parents were interested, even though a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said that 42% of children aged 5-11 years old in the U.S. had been diagnosed with COVID as of June. Over 8,300 children have been admitted to hospital.

The survey revealed that parents are influenced in part by their fears about the COVID vaccine. Some of these worries seem unjustified. 

The poll found that 76% of parents were concerned about long-term side effects of COVID vaccines on their children. 66% expressed concerns that the vaccines might affect their fertility. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that this could occur.

Facebook medicine is here. Parents need to be focused on evidence-based medicine. Dr. Jonathan Reiner from George Washington University said this on Thursday, in an interview with CNN. He was responding to concerns about the impact of Facebook on fertility. The claims are based on insufficient data. It doesn’t have any evidence. Zero.”

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►As the federal government prepares to unveil new vaccination rules for workplaces, 5% of unvaccinated adults say they have left a job because of a COVID-19 vaccination requirement, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

►After two months of steady declines in cases and hospitalizations, new infections have plateaued in California, and models show an increase in hospital visits because of COVID in the next month.

►No vaccinated travelers to England will have to quarantine after the country removed the seven remaining nations on its COVID travel list, effective Monday.

►A judge cleared the way for a recall campaign against three Michigan county officials who used COVID-19 funds to give themselves bonuses, the Argus-Press reported.

►Three vaccinated tigers at the San Diego Zoo have COVID-19, the first breakthrough infections at the zoo since vaccinating many of its animals, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

📈The numbers today: The U.S. has recorded 45.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 741,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 245.2 million cases and 4.9 million deaths. More than 190.9 million Americans – 57.5% of the population – are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

📘This is what we are reading Travel forums and social media sites have been filled with travelers with unvaccinated kids wondering whether they’ll need to quarantine upon arrival to the U.S. New travel rules prohibit entry for most, but not all, unvaccinated. Who are exempt from this?

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States are ready to ship vaccines for children

Some states will receive thousands upon thousands of doses next week of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children between 5 and 11 years old, in anticipation of being approved by regulators.

The vaccines for children, which will be at lower doses than the adult vaccines, were backed by an FDA advisory committee earlier this week and could get clearance by next week. First, the FDA will determine whether the FDA authorizes the child vaccines. Then the CDC decides whether it recommends the shots.

Pfizer, BioNTech and others announced on Thursday that 50 million more doses of the vaccine were purchased by the U.S. government. 

Michele Roberts was the acting assistant secretary of Washington Department of Health. She stated Wednesday that 230,000 doses were ordered to be sent to health care providers by next week. An additional 86,000 doses will arrive through a federal program at pharmacies.

Indiana also expects to receive more than 200,000 pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine next Monday and Tuesday, according to Dr. Lindsay Weaver, Indiana’s chief medical officer.

While states will not begin administering the doses until authorization is granted, they are preparing for the approximately 28 million children ages 5-11 who will become eligible for the shots. 

Study: Vaccines lower delta infection risk

The United Kingdom’s study found that people who had been vaccinated could pass COVID-19 infection from the Delta variant to their household members. This was regardless of whether they were immunized or not.

Study found that around 25% of individuals who were vaccinated and had been in close contact with positive people in their homes tested positive for delta variant. Only 38% of individuals unvaccinated tested positive after positive contact.

The research found that vaccinated individuals had similar viral loads to those who were not vaccinated, however, their infection rates cleared up faster. More than 600 subjects were included in this study that was published in Lancet Infectious Disorders on Thursday.

Judge won’t block vaccine mandate for NYC workers, including police

New York City judge refuses to suspend a mandate for city workers to receive COVID-19 vaccines. This mandate increases requirements on city workers, who could have negative results previously to retain their jobs. It was opposed by New York City’s Police Union.

This mandate will take effect Friday at 5:59 p.m. and all unvaccinated employees will go on unpaid Monday leave. At a Nov. 12 hearing, Judge Lizette Colon directed the city’s defense of the mandate against a lawsuit by a union.

The city’s fire department says it may have to close 20% of its fire companies and have 20% fewer ambulances in service. Jack Lynch, the head of Jack Lynch’s police union, said that less officers would also be present on the streets. As of Wednesday, 73% of police department personnel and 68% of fire department personnel, which houses EMS services, had been vaccinated.

Other cities in the United States have also challenged local vaccine mandates by their police unions. COVID-19 has been the leading cause of death for American law enforcement officers in 2020 and 2021, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit tracking police officer deaths.

Study suggests that an antidepressant may reduce COVID hospitalizations 

Brazil has found that an antidepressant cheap may be cheaper and help to reduce COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Fluvoxamine, typically used to treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, can have anti-inflammatory effects and would cost only $4 for a course of COVID-19 treatment, compared with $2,000 for IV antibody treatments and $700 for Merck’s antiviral COVID pill.

Published in the Lancet Global Health, the study of nearly 1,500 adults with increased risk for severe disease found 11% of those who received the pill were hospitalized compared with 16% of those who received the placebo.

US virus deaths declining

The COVID-19 death rate in America has fallen to below 10,000 per week. This ends a two-month long period when nearly 100,000 people died from the disease, according to USA TODAY’s analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.

The United States crossed the threshold of 10,000 deaths per week Sept. 1 as cases from a delta variant-driven surge were beginning to peak. From Sept. 1 to Tuesday, about 98,231 Americans were reported dead of COVID-19.

The latest week’s tally, with 9,582 Americans reported dead in the week ending Wednesday, is down more than a third from the worst of the delta surge, when 14,648 people died in the week ending Sept. 22.

Since the delta wave began taking root around July 1, 136,986 people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19 and nearly 12 million people have been infected.

– Mike Stucka

Now you can add your COVID card to your Apple Wallet

Are you an iPhone owner? Have an iPhone?

Apple has released iOS 15.1 on Monday. This update is for iPhones and will include SharePlay, which allows you to share your experiences such as watching movies in FaceTime.

Apple Wallet users can now add COVID vaccine cards to their iPhones with the new update. This is how it works.

– Brett Molina

Contributing: The Associated Press


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