L.A. County Reports 4 New Covid-19 Deaths And 1635 New Positive Cases After Reintroduction Of Masking Mandate – Update

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UPDATED: On Sunday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced four new deaths, 1,635 new cases of infection, and 508 current hospitalizations. These new tallies bring the total new cases in L.A. County to 1,267,860 and 24,583 deaths total to date.

More than 7,170,000 individuals have been tested with a 16% positivity rate.

— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) July 18, 2021

On Saturday, the same agency reported 11 new deaths from Covid-19, as well as 1827 new positive cases and 462 hospitalizations.

Today’s numbers bring L.A. County to a total of 24,579 deaths from the coronavirus, and 1,266,227 confirmed cases.

Test results have now been made available to nearly 7,170,000 people, with 16% testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 3.7%.

— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) July 17, 2021

Two of the people whose deaths were reported today were over the age of 80. Two were between the ages of 65 and 79; five were between the ages of 50 and 64. One person who died was between the ages of 30 and 49, while another was between the ages of 18 and 29.

Case numbers and deaths announced today may reflect delays in weekend reporting. The Department said, though, that the “rapid increase” in Covid-19 transmission within the County is “alarming.”

Covid cases have gone up by a factor of eight since the County’s June 15 reopening, increasing four-fold since July 4. The surge is attributed to “the intermingling of unmasked individuals where vaccination status is unknown,” and the increasing spread of the highly infectious Delta variant.

At present, more than five million L.A. residents are fully vaccinated. Still, nearly 4 million have not been vaccinated, including 1.3 million children under the age of 12.

The County is therefore reintroducing its mandate, requiring masking in all indoor public places, tonight at 11:59 PM. The mandate applies to all residents regardless of vaccination status, though it includes exceptions for children under the age of two, for those with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent masking, and for those whose job doesn’t permit masking.

Delta Variant and Unmasked Intermingling Cause COVID-19 Cases to Increase Four-Fold Since 4th of July; Masking Indoors Begins Tonight – 11 New Deaths and 1,827 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. View https://t.co/W1kwuDvyaI pic.twitter.com/TzRvFbj0Nm

— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) July 17, 2021

“The level of COVID-19 transmission we are currently experiencing is now leading to significant increases in serious illness and hospitalizations and requires us to take immediate action to prevent erosion of our recovery efforts. And while vaccinations are by far the most powerful tool we have, we are nowhere near herd immunity,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “Please help us get back to slowing the spread by wearing your mask indoors. And for those eligible and not yet vaccinated, please consider getting vaccinated as soon as possible as our full recovery is in jeopardy until more people are vaccinated.”

Los Angeles County Public Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said on Thursday that the County will consider reimplementing other health restrictions, such as capacity limits and social distancing if need be.

“Everything is on the table,” he said, “if things continue to get worse.”

But while Los Angeles is now in a category indicating “Substantial” spread of Covid, County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Friday that his department will not enforce the masking requirement.

Covid-19 vaccines remain available to those 12 and older, who are living or working in Los Angeles County.

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All children could get Covid vaccines as experts warn of threat to herd immunity

Telegraph.co.uk 19 July, 2021 - 01:00am

All children may be offered the Covid vaccine later this year once trials conclude, despite officials being set to stop short of that recommendation on Monday. 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is expected to announce that only vulnerable youngsters between the ages of 12 and 15, and 17-year-olds within three months of their 18th birthday, will be offered a jab amid concerns there is too little data on safety and efficacy in young people.

But the JCVI is expected to leave the door open for more children to be vaccinated once trials conclude later this year, The Telegraph understands.

In June, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the Pfizer jab for 12 to 15-year-olds in Britain following early trial results in teenagers, but there is still no data for younger children. 

Pfizer is expected to release results on trials for five to 11-year-olds in September and two to five-year-olds by November, with the company expecting regulator approval within a month of releasing positive data. AstraZeneca is also conducting trials in children aged six to 17, with the British team likely to release results before the end of the year.

On Sunday, experts warned that it may be difficult to reach herd immunity in Britain if children are not vaccinated. Nearly one in five people in the UK are under 16 and, despite everyone being offered a vaccine, around 12 per cent of adults have not had a first jab.

Prof Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College, a member of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) told the BBC: "In the absence of vaccinating it's inevitable that we're going to have very high numbers of cases in teenagers, and we will not be able to reach herd immunity without significant immunity in people under 18."

The JCVI is expected to keep the situation under review and will be watching the results from trials closely. 

Scientists are particularly concerned that vaccination may damage the developing immune system of younger children. Different age groups may require different doses, further complicating the rollout, and companies must show it will not make children who get Covid more ill – which has happened with other vaccines in the past. 

Experts are also worried that the benefits to children may not outweigh the risks, making vaccination ethically dubious and leaving the Government vulnerable to legal challenges.

The scientific community is divided on whether it is better to allow children to catch Covid when they are at little risk from the virus, allowing them to build natural immunity, or vaccinate early. However some countries, such as Israel and the US, have already started vaccinating children as young as 12.

On Sunday, Robert Jenrick, the Housing and Communities Secretary, said the Government was expecting advice from JCVI imminently.

He told the Sky News Trevor Phillips on Sunday programme: "We will be looking carefully at their advice when we receive it – we expect it very soon – on whether or not we should open up the vaccine programme in the first instance to those children who are just short of their 18th birthday, to those children who have particular vulnerabilities and those children who are in households where there are people who are particularly vulnerable.

"That seems a sensible way for us to proceed, but ministers will have to make that decision when they are armed with the final advice from the JCVI."

A Department of Health spokesman said: "The Government will continue to be guided by the advice of the JCVI, and no decisions have been made by ministers on whether people aged 12 to 17 should be routinely offered Covid vaccines."

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Most children over 12 'won't be given Covid vaccine' in new rules due very soon

The Mirror 19 July, 2021 - 01:00am

Most British teenagers would not get the Covid jab in the near future under plans being considered by ministers.

Government advisors are reportedly set to recommend tomorrow that over-12s should only receive the vaccine if they are vulnerable, or share a household with someone who is.

All seventeen-year-olds who have their 18th birthday within three months would get mass vaccination, but younger teens would not, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

The government today insisted ministers had not yet taken a final decision.

But a minister confirmed the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) was looking at the issue.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the advice would cover “whether or not we should open up the vaccine programme in the first instance to those children who are just short of their 18th birthday, to those children who have particular vulnerabilities and those children who are in households where there are people who are particularly vulnerable”.

Mr Jenrick added that “seems a sensible way to proceed”, adding: “We will be looking carefully at their advice when we receive it - we expect it very soon.”

It comes despite pressure for the government to offer the vaccine to all teenagers to dampen spiralling cases.

The UK regulator approved the Pfizer jab six weeks ago for use in children aged 12 to 15. Those aged 16 or 17 can already be jabbed if they are in a vulnerable group.

But the JCVI have been locked in talks over the ethical dilemma of whether to immunise children against a disease that mainly affects their elders.

The Tony Blair Institute today recommended vaccinating all 12 to 17 year olds with the Pfizer jab until other vaccinates are approved for that age group, to help open up society.

SAGE member Prof Neil Ferguson warned large numbers of teenagers would have to be either vaccinated or infected with Covid before the UK’s third wave can recede.

He told the BBC: “We won't be able to reach herd immunity without significant immunity in people under 18."

A source told the Sunday Telegraph the JCVI would keep the option of vaccinating all children under review.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “The government will continue to be guided by the advice of the JCVI.

“No decisions have been made by ministers on whether people aged 12 to 17 should be routinely offered COVID-19 vaccines.”

An NHS spokesman said: "Since the start of the NHS Covid vaccination programme, the NHS has followed JCVI guidance on delivering vaccinations to the population in England.

"If the JCVI updates its guidance, the NHS will act swiftly to reflect any changes and will continue to deliver Covid jabs to those eligible as quickly as possible, as it has done after previous updates."

Most children unlikely to be given Covid jabs

The Times 18 July, 2021 - 06:01pm

Children will only be vaccinated if they have underlying conditions or live with someone who is clinically vulnerable, a cabinet minister has suggested.

Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, said the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will be advising ministers shortly on vaccinations for children. “We will be looking carefully at their advice on whether or not we should open up the vaccine programme in the first instance to those children who are just short of their 18th birthday, to those children who have particular vulnerabilities and those children who are in households where there are people who are particularly vulnerable,” he told Sky News.

Vaccinating children is an issue that has split the scientific community. An academic study that is understood to

All kids 'to be offered jab this year' as experts push for herd immunity

The Sun 18 July, 2021 - 05:10pm

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CHILDREN will be offered the Covid vaccine later this year, it has been claimed amid experts warning kids must be vaccinated if the UK is to reach herd immunity.

The Government is reportedly hopeful that vulnerable teens between 12 and 15, and 17-year-olds three months shy of their 18th birthday will be offered a jab.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will make the recommendation on Monday but will stop short of encouraging all kids to get vaccinated until trials conclude later this year, according to the Telegraph.

However, experts warn the UK won't reach herd immunity unless children under 16 in Britain - who account for one in five of the population - are fully vaccinated.

Professor Neil Ferguson - dubbed ‘Professor Lockdown’ - said it was "inevitable" teens would need the jab.

"In the absence of vaccinating it's inevitable that we're going to have very high numbers of cases in teenagers, and we will not be able to reach herd immunity without significant immunity in people under 18," he told the BBC.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which approves medicines and vaccine for use in the UK, greenlighted the Pfizer jab for 12 to 15-year-olds in June following trials, but more data on the impact on younger children is still needed.

Both Pfizer and AstraZeneca are expected to hand in their findings from ongoing trials later this year.

Scientists are concerned the vaccine may compromise the developing immune system of younger kids.

On top of that, different age groups may need different doses, further complicating the roll out.

Experts are also split on whether it's better to allow kids to catch Covid-19 given how little risk they have of suffering from severe symptoms, and instead allowing them to build their immunity naturally.

Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said the government would be "looking carefully" at the JCVI's advice on Monday.

"We will be looking carefully at their advice when we receive it – we expect it very soon – on whether or not we should open up the vaccine programme in the first instance to those children who are just short of their 18th birthday, to those children who have particular vulnerabilities and those children who are in households where there are people who are particularly vulnerable.

"That seems a sensible way for us to proceed, but ministers will have to make that decision when they are armed with the final advice from the JCVI."

A Department of Health spokesman said: "The Government will continue to be guided by the advice of the JCVI, and no decisions have been made by ministers on whether people aged 12 to 17 should be routinely offered Covid vaccines."

This comes as UK Covid deaths are a fraction of what they were in previous waves, prompting the government to push ahead with Freedom Day plans.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows that, despite a rise in cases, the seven-day rolling daily death rate is just 40, compared to 654 on December 26 when infection rates were about the same.

And from Monday, people will be able to visit as many family and friends as they like while social distancing rules and the legal requirement to wear face masks will be scrapped.

But the Government warned it was ready to reimpose lockdown if the third wave becomes "unacceptable".

A further 740 people were hospitalised in the past 24 hours - an uptick on last Sunday’s figure of 585, and well above the 460 recorded on July 4.

In more positive developments, a further 67,217 Brits received their first dose of the vaccine yesterday, bringing the total number of people to receive their first jab to 87.9 per cent of the population while 68.3 per cent have received two.

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Children will not be offered Covid vaccine unless vulnerable | ITV News

ITV News 18 July, 2021 - 10:41am

As first reported in the Telegraph, it is thought the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised ministers against offering jabs to all children until further evidence on the risks is available.The government is to announce on Monday that only youngsters aged between 12 and 15 who are deemed vulnerable to Covid, or who live with adults who are either immunosuppressed or otherwise vulnerable to the virus, will be offered the vaccine.

The UK's medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use among children aged 12 and over in the UK.However, as of now, officials have not confirmed whether the vaccination programme will extend into children once the adult vaccine campaign is complete.

Academics have debated the issue, with some arguing that the UK should follow the US and Israel and begin to vaccinate children to prevent outbreaks in schools.

Others have questioned the ethics of offering vaccines to children when it would have little clinical benefit.

Earlier this month, a survey found more than half of parents with children are willing to have them vaccinated against Covid-19.

A YouGov poll of 938 parents with children aged 17 or under found that 53% would get their child vaccinated, rising to 59% of parents who have already had, or were planning to get, the jab themselves.

However, one in five (18%) of all parents said that they would not vaccinate their children, while another 29% were unsure.

British ministers decide against mass COVID-19 vaccination for teenagers: Report

CNA 18 July, 2021 - 05:36am

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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is believed to have advised ministers against the rollout of vaccines to all children until further evidence on the risks is available, the report added.

Under guidance the newspaper said are due to be issued on Monday, vaccine doses will be offered to children between 12 and 15 who are deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 or who live with adults who are immunosuppressed or otherwise vulnerable to the virus.

They will also now be offered to all 17-year-olds within three months of their 18th birthday, according to The Telegraph, which reported that the committee would keep the possibility of vaccinating all children "under review."

In response to the report, Britain's Health Department said that "no decisions have been made by ministers on whether people aged 12 to 17 should be routinely offered COVID-19 vaccines."

Britain on Saturday reported 54,674 new COVID-19 cases, a rise on the 51,870 new cases reported on the previous day to post a fresh highest daily total in six months.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is removing most pandemic restrictions in England from July 19, saying a rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has largely broken the link between infections and serious illness or death.

Britain's COVID-19 death toll is among the highest in the world but two-thirds of its adult population have been fully vaccinated. 

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Mass-vaccination of all teenagers 'set to be scrapped'

Metro.co.uk 18 July, 2021 - 03:47am

Plans to offer vaccines to children are reportedly set to be scrapped despite the US, France and Israel all jabbing under-18s.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is poised to announce it won’t recommend inoculation for children and teenagers.

Instead, the vaccination programme will only be extended to vulnerable 12 to 15-year-olds and teens within three months of their 18th birthday.

Ministers asked the JCVI to assess the policy as a potential way of dealing with soaring Covid-19 cases rates in schools.

But the JCVI has advised to wait for further evidence on the risks and keep the policy ‘under review’ for now, The Telegraph reports.

While some countries are already jabbing under-18s, the advice is in line with Germany’s recent decision to restrict jabs to teenagers with pre-existing conditions.

The government is expected to announce the decision next week, the paper reports, and vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi has already briefed patients’ groups and MPs.

A plan to jab clinically vulnerable 12 to 15-year-olds with Pfizer will be put in motion this week after the medicines regulator approved its use for the age group last month. Vulnerable over-16s are already eligible.

The decision was made purely on health evidence, according to the paper, but some prominent health leaders oppose vaccinating children because it would mean fewer doses being available for adults in less protected countries.

Profesor Sarah Gilbert, who was on the team which developed the Oxford vaccine, said: ‘With still a limited number of doses available to vaccinate the world, we should be use those doses for healthcare workers and for older individuals in countries that don’t yet have a vaccine.’

An NHS spokesperson said: ‘Since the start of the NHS Covid vaccination programme, the biggest and most successful in NHS history, the NHS has followed JCVI guidance on delivering vaccinations to the population in England.

‘If the JCVI updates its guidance, the NHS will act swiftly to reflect any changes and will continue to deliver Covid jabs to those eligible as quickly as possible, as it has done after previous updates.’

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Young people desperate for second Covid vaccine dose before holidays resort to social media

The Times 17 July, 2021 - 06:01pm

Young people are using social media platforms such as Twitter and Reddit to find vaccine sites that offer early second jabs.

NHS England and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises the government, say second doses must be at least eight weeks after the first. But some vaccination centres, pharmacists and GP surgeries are defying the rules and offering second jabs as soon as 21 days after the first.

This has prompted people in their twenties and thirties to share tips on who is bending the rules despite warnings that people who are double vaccinated too soon can end up with less protection from the virus.

An NHS spokeswoman said: “Every site should vaccinate in line with JCVI guidance ... that second

British ministers decide against mass vaccination for teens - The Telegraph

Yahoo News 17 July, 2021 - 04:12pm

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is believed to have advised ministers against the rollout of vaccines to all children until further evidence on the risks is available, the report added https://bit.ly/3etYxPG.

Under guidance the newspaper said are due to be issued on Monday, vaccine doses will be offered to children between 12 and 15 who are deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 or who live with adults who are immunosuppressed or otherwise vulnerable to the virus.

They will also now be offered to all 17-year-olds within three months of their 18th birthday, according to The Telegraph, which reported that the committee would keep the possibility of vaccinating all children "under review."

In response to the report, Britain's Health Department said that "no decisions have been made by ministers on whether people aged 12 to 17 should be routinely offered COVID-19 vaccines."

Britain on Saturday reported 54,674 new COVID-19 cases, a rise on the 51,870 new cases reported on the previous day to post a fresh highest daily total in six months.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is removing most pandemic restrictions in England from July 19, saying a rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has largely broken the link between infections and serious illness or death.

Britain's COVID-19 death toll is among the highest in the world but two-thirds of its adult population have been fully vaccinated.

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Britain has opted against mass Covid vaccinations for all children and teenagers, with ministers instead preparing to offer jabs to vulnerable 12 to 15-year-olds and those about to turn 18, The Telegraph can disclose. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is believed to have advised ministers against the rollout of vaccines to all children until further evidence on the risks is available. Instead, under guidance due to be issued on Monday, jabs will be offered to children be

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