Experts say the best time to get a flu shot is sometime this month to have optimal protection against the different strains of the virus.
Once regulators fully approve the vaccine for a given age group, students in both public and private schools will have to get it, Newsom said.
Officials with the Los Angeles County health department said they continue to see a downward trend in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
At present, only individuals who qualify and received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months from their second shot are eligible for the booster.
In the scenario where childhood vaccinations take off and no new variant is discovered, daily case-counts in the country could drop to 9,055 by March 12, 2022.
Instead, city health officials are waiting for “more specific booster dose recommendations” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which should be issuing the guidelines next week, according to a Sept. 18 city news release.
A North Long Beach Samoan church lost three of its younger members within two weeks this summer, highlighting the dangers of COVID-19 for region’s Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community.
The average age of a person who dies of COVID-19 in Long Beach is 59.
The number of those patients in intensive care also declined, from 433 to 412. Long Beach has also seen a slight decline in hospitalizations with the number of people in Long Beach area hospitals with COVID-19 dropping to 118, down from 143 in mid-August, according to the most recent city data.
The new order, which will become effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, will require mask wearing in large outdoor settings except when people are “actively eating or drinking.” The order will apply to everyone, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.