News for the Week of October 25

News highlights for the week of October 25.

Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 967 positive cases reported as of October 29. DOH reported a total of 638,191 confirmed cases as of October 27. There have been 8,585 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

FDA Authorizes EUA for Pfizer Vaccine for Children. On October 29, the FDA authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 11. The vaccine trial consisted of 2,268 child participants and used Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine regimen, with shots administered twenty-one days apart. Of the total pediatric participants, 1,518 received the vaccine and 750 received the placebo (saline).

The pediatric vaccine trial included a safety follow-up at or near 2 months after the participant’s second dose (data cutoff was October 8, 2021).

Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials continue. Click here to learn more about the pediatric vaccine clinical trials.

Children ages 5-11 represent around 9% of all reported coronavirus cases in the country, according to data presented to the FDA advisory panel Tuesday. Anticipated CDC approval could come as early as next Tuesday. Read the FDA press release here.

Vaccine News

COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. Between January 17, 2021 – October 16, DOH officials have identified 59,543 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 88% reported symptoms, 9% were hospitalized, and 568 people died. Read the latest report.

King County Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here.

Need vaccine support? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

COVID-19 Reporting

New data dashboard provides information on COVID-19 among youth and provides clues for the trajectory ahead. A new data dashboard provides information on youth cases, hospitalizations, and vaccination rates in King County. View the dashboard here.

Last Call…

Situation Reports. The SitRep is issued monthly. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

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