With the recently provided blessing of the national government, Los Angeles County wellness officials began offering 3rd doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines Saturday for radical with severely compromised immune systems.
Among those qualifying for the booster shots are organ transplant recipients, radical undergoing crab treatment, HIV patients and radical connected prime "immunosuppressive medications." The Los Angeles County Public Health Department urged radical to consult their doctors to corroborate their eligibility for the 3rd shot, which should beryllium administered astatine slightest 28 days pursuing the 2nd dose.
The 3rd doses are being offered astatine vaccination sites successful the region offering the Pfizer and Moderna shots. People looking for the shots volition beryllium capable to simply "self-attest" that they person a qualifying aesculapian condition.
"Studies person shown immunocompromised radical are much apt to person station vaccination corruption and go severely sick from COVID-19," region Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. "An further vaccine dose for immoderate radical with weakened immune systems could assistance forestall superior unwellness and death.
"If you person a qualifying condition, we promote you to talk to your health care supplier astir getting a 3rd dose," she said. "We besides promote those who are adjacent contacts of immunocompromised radical to get vaccinated arsenic soon arsenic imaginable successful bid to support their household members and friends who are astatine higher risk."
The booster shots received last support this week from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meanwhile, the region saw a emergence successful the fig of radical hospitalized owed to COVID-19 aft 2 consecutive days of insignificant decreases. There were 1,650 patients successful the region with COVID-19 arsenic of Saturday, up from 1,627 the time before. Of those patients, 400 were successful intensive care, an summation implicit the 381 reported Friday, according to authorities figures.
County figures amusement that the immense bulk of radical hospitalized with COVID are not vaccinated. During the period of July, vaccinated residents represented conscionable 13% of radical hospitalized with the virus.
Los Angeles County reported different 19 COVID-19 deaths connected Friday, on with 3,810 much infections. The caller fatalities brought the county's wide decease toll from the microorganism to 24,872, portion the cumulative fig of cases from passim the pandemic accrued to 1,342,839.
The region proceed to study bully quality successful presumption of the percent of radical investigating affirmative for the virus. As of Friday, the rolling regular mean complaint was 4.1%, down from much than 6% conscionable 2 weeks ago.
Ferrer has said the region should expect to spot elevated regular numbers of caller infections, fixed recently imposed investigating requirements astatine galore businesses and schools. But she said the investigating positivity complaint volition hopefully stay low.
Ferrer continued to property the effectiveness of vaccines, noting that portion immoderate afloat vaccinated radical tin inactive go infected with COVID, they are acold little apt to go earnestly ill.
Of the 5.1 cardinal vaccinated radical successful the region arsenic of Aug. 10, 21,532 person tested affirmative for COVID-19, for a complaint of 0.42%. A full of 549 afloat vaccinated radical person been hospitalized, for a complaint of 0.01%, and 55 person died, for a complaint of 0.0011%.
As of Aug. 8, 72% of the county's eligible residents property 12 and implicit person received astatine slightest 1 dose of vaccine, and 63% are afloat vaccinated. Among the county's wide colonisation of astir 10.3 cardinal radical — including much than 1 cardinal radical ineligible for shots due to the fact that they're nether property 12 — 62% person received astatine slightest 1 dose and 54% are afloat vaccinated.
Ferrer said statistic amusement that unvaccinated radical are 3.6 times much apt to go infected with COVID than vaccinated people.