What You Need to Know-Week of November 1st

The most important weekly updates for you to keep your community healthy




In this Update:

1. Urgent Updates: COVID-19 Metrics

2. All Things Vaccines: Moderna and J&J Booster Shots

3. All Things Vaccines: Pfizer Vaccine recommended for children aged 5 – 11




1. Urgent Updates: COVID-19 Metrics


Updated as of: 11-01-2021

Weekly case, death, and hospitalization counts:

In the past week, there has been an average of:
Cases per day3,001
Deaths per day50
Compared to two weeks ago:
Cases per dayIncreased by 81% ↗
Deaths per dayIncreased by 126% ↗
Hospitalizations per dayIncreased by 4% ↗
For regularly updated case counts and additional COVID-19 information by county, visit the Arizona Department of Health’s data dashboard summary page.

Vaccine Information

Number of ArizonansPercentage in ArizonaPercentage in U.S.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated3,788,10053%58%
Individuals who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine4,259,68161%67%

8,276,606 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Arizona

For a breakdown of vaccination by Arizona counties, visit the CDC’s website.

For updated vaccine information and data in Arizona, visit this link and click on the “Vaccine Administration” icon.



2. All Things Vaccines: Pfizer Vaccine approved for children aged 5 – 11


The FDA and CDC have endorsed and recommended a smaller dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11 as of October 26th! 

Children 5 – 11 will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at their pediatrician’s office or pharmacies. Vaccine appointments for the weekend are already becoming available to book. Visit this link to find a vaccine site near you!

The children’s dose, one-third of an adult dose, has successfully undergone rigorous clinical trials and has been proven to be both safe and effective. The side effects reported during the trials for 5 – 11 year olds were mainly mild and comparable to those experienced by children and young adults 16 – 25. For more information about the importance of children and teens receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the CDC’s website.


 3. All Things Vaccines: Moderna and J&J Booster Shots


Moderna

Moderna recently requested authorization for high risk groups (e.g., adults over 65 years old) to receive the booster, similar to the recent recommendations for Pfizer boosters. On October 14, the FDA reached a unanimous decision to recommend emergency authorization of a booster shot for those who meet the outlined criteria below.

Booster eligibility criteria:
ModernaIndividuals who have completed the two-dose Moderna vaccine series at least six months prior AND either are:Over the age of 65 OR areBetween 18 – 64 years old and are at high risk of developing severe COVID-19, or are at high risk for being exposed to COVID-19 in their job setting. 

J&J

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee also unanimously voted to authorize second shots for all those who had received the one-shot J&J vaccine. 

Booster eligibility criteria:
J & JThose who had previously received the one-shot vaccination at least two months prior AND are 18 or older

CDC recommendations now also allow for mixing and matching of booster shots across the different available vaccines! For more information, please visit this website.




The next update will cover information on a study showing the importance of masks within Arizona schools. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to COVID-19 in Arizona, please complete next week’s AZCOVIDTXT survey that you will receive via text in about a week.

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