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Vaccines available for 16+

Covid cases have been slowly going down as the restrictions have improved. Vaccinations have been increasing and almost 20% of Americans have received the first dose. Pfizer did clinical trials on 12-16 year olds and found that it is 100% effective. Although there may be a few cases in the future out of the many that did clinical trials no one contracted covid.

According to cnbc.com, “The trial enrolled 2,260 participants in the United States. There were 18 confirmed Covid-19 infections observed in the placebo group and no confirmed infections in the group that received the vaccine, the company said. That resulted in a vaccine efficacy of 100%, it said, adding that the shot was also well-tolerated, with side effects generally consistent with those seen in adults.”

Pfizer said Wednesday its Covid-19 vaccine was 100% effective in a study of adolescents ages 12 to 15, encouraging results that could clear the shots for use in middle school students before school starts this fall.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the company plans to submit the new data on the vaccine, which is developed in partnership with German drugmaker BioNTech, to the Food and Drug Administration and other regulators “as soon as possible,” with the hope that kids in the age group will be able to get vaccinated before the next school year.

As vaccinations start to get better everyone wonders when we will finally return back. Schools that have been closed are now starting hybrid learning and are encouraging students to go to school. Counties loosened restrictions and let people eat inside.

So, where can we get the vaccine? The White House’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told a House committee earlier this month that the U.S. could begin vaccinating older kids against Covid this fall while elementary-age children may start getting their shots early next year.

In the Santa Clara county, they are now allowing vaccinations to everyone over 16 years old. The state has received about 2.4 million doses this week, but it expects 2 million next week and 1.9 million doses the week after. This is in addition to vaccine shipped directly to pharmacies and community health centers from the federal government.

California has already vaccinated 72% of seniors 65 and older with at least one dose, and 43% of the population 16 and older has received at least one dose. More than 8 million people of an estimated 32 million eligible are fully vaccinated.

Californians 16 and older can make appointments starting April 15. The link is https://vax.sccgov.org/home.

Sources: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/more-california-counties-expand-vaccine-eligibility-to-16-and-up/2513272/%3Famp

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