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Long Beach Post lbpost.com 12 Jan, 2022 01:15 am

Long Beach begins Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for children ages 12 to 15 • Long Beach Post News

Long Beach begins Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for children ages 12 to 15 • Long Beach Post News

“Data also shows that being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and getting a booster can make symptoms much less severe and reduce the possibility of hospitalization.She said unvaccinated people are nine times more likely to be hospitalized than fully vaccinated people, and 38 times more likely to be hospitalized than people who are fully vaccinated and received a booster shot.She said last fall, about one-third of COVID patients wound up in ICU care, but that number is only about 10-15% this time around, at least in the four county-operated hospitals, which likely reflect conditions in other medical centers.During the last winter surge, 80-90% of the COVID patients were admitted due to virus-related illness.

Ghaly said that despite the changes and numbers that are still dwarfed last winter’s surge—when more than 8,000 COVID patients were hospitalized—current staffing shortages are creating more critical conditions at hospitals.In the face of record daily COVID-19 infections, the city of Long Beach has begun offering vaccine booster shots for children ages 12 to 15  and for immunocompromised children ages 5 to 11.

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