COVID-19 vaccinations are now recommended for youth ages 5 to 11 years old. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and protects kids from getting very sick from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 through 11.
“It is completely normal and ok for parents and caregivers to have questions about vaccines for their children. Parents and caregivers are trying to keep their kids safe,” states Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager for Jackson County Public Health. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to reach out to their medical provider, pediatrician, or pharmacist if they have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for their kids.
Youth ages 5 to 11 will receive a pediatric version of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The pediatric dose is 1/3rd of the dose for people age 12 and older. This is a two-dose series that should be given three weeks apart.
Recorded side effects are the same as for adolescents and adults: generally injection site pain, tiredness, headache, and muscle pain. Rare side effects such as myocarditis were not seen in the trials leading to authorization and are expected to be rare, as they are in older age groups.
The state Public Health Director issued an order that permits Oregon pharmacists to administer COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccines to children down to age 3. (The COVID-19 vaccine is currently authorized for children 5 and older). Pharmacies accepting Oregon Health Plan (OHP) patients will be reimbursed to vaccinate children down to age 3 for flu and to age 5 for COVID19.
The pediatric COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Jackson County late this week and early next week.
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In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, Jackson County Expo, and Jackson County Public Health, a new COVID-19 vaccination site has been established at the Jackson County Expo. This drive-through option provides all three COVID-19 vaccines for people needing their 1st, 2nd, 3rd , or booster doses. Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines are not available at this site.
- Location: 1 Peninger Rd. Central Point OR
- Gate Entrance: 1 1/2 • Hours of Operation: o Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm o Monday-Thursday, 12:00 pm to 6 pm.
- COVID-19 Vaccines Provided: 1 st, 2nd, 3rd doses and boosters available for Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Pediatic COVID-19 vaccines are not available.
Daily Number of New COVID-19 Cases
As of 12:01 a.m. on November 4, 2021, Jackson County Public Health is reporting 61 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Jackson County to 23,757.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties)
As of 10:00 a.m. on November 4, 2021, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 57, and there are 18 patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit.
The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.
COVID-19 Related Deaths
There are no COVID-19 deaths to report in Jackson County today. The total number of COVID19 deaths for Jackson County is 328.
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