Indiana coronavirus updates for September 28, 2021

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The latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic for Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Tuesday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Registration for the vaccine is now open for Hoosiers 12 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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There were more than 43.11 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 690,400 recorded deaths in the United States

Globally, there have been over 232.35 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus with over 4.75 million deaths. More than 6.12 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.

School-aged children could receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by end of October

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the company plans to apply for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 in just a few days.

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is only approved for children 12 years of age and older. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that children represent more than a quarter of all reported COVID-19 cases across the country.

Pfizer said pediatric trials have shown its COVID-19 vaccine to be safe and effective for children aged 5 to 11. The emergency use authorization process with the Food and Drug Administration could begin this week. The shots could start in the arms of the youngest by the end of October.

“It’s definitely a game-changer, not only in the sense of a pandemic, but if this vaccine is as effective in children as we’ve seen in adults, then it will definitely help us alleviate the challenges we face.” . experience, not only for schools and for public health, but also for moms and dads, ”said Thomas Duszynski, director of epidemiology education at the Fairbanks School of Public Health, IUPUI .

A vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 would cover most elementary school students. Vaccinated students alleviate some of the hassle and burden of contact tracing for schools. Students who are vaccinated and have no symptoms can avoid the quarantines that have disrupted so many classrooms in the past two months.

Pfizer has stated that this dose for young children is one-third of that given to people 12 years of age and older.

Children aged 5 to 11 would receive two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 21 days apart.

Pfizer reported that young children in vaccine trials had antibody responses and side effects comparable to those aged 16 to 25. Pfizer is the only company with a vaccine ready for approval for children under 12, and the only vaccine already approved for children 12 to 17 years old.

Hospitals fear staff shortages as vaccine deadlines loom

Hospitals and care homes across the country brace for worsening staff shortages as state-set deadlines arrive for healthcare workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

With ultimatums taking effect this week in states like New York, California, Rhode Island and Connecticut, the fear is that some employees will quit or be fired or suspended rather than getting vaccinated.

“How it’s going to play out, we don’t know. We are concerned about how this will exacerbate an already serious enough staffing problem, ”said California Hospital Association spokesman Jan Emerson-Shea, adding that the organization“ absolutely ”supports the immunization requirement of the state.

New York health care workers had until the end of Monday to get at least one dose, but some hospitals had already started to suspend or take action against holdouts.

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About a dozen states have immunization mandates covering healthcare workers in hospitals, long-term care facilities, or both. Some allow exemptions for medical or religious reasons, but these employees are often required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing.

States that have set such requirements already tend to have high vaccination rates. The highest rates are concentrated in the Northeast and the lowest in the South and Midwest.

The Biden administration will also require that the roughly 17 million workers in healthcare facilities who receive federal Medicare or Medicaid be fully immunized under a rule still under development.

President Biden receives COVID-19 reminder after clearance

President Joe Biden received his COVID-19 recall on Monday as part of the administration’s efforts to encourage Americans to get vaccinated.

In brief remarks before receiving his recall at the White House, the president said the reminders are important, but the key is to get more people vaccinated.

Biden again said the situation had turned into an “unvaccinated pandemic.”

Federal regulators last week recommended a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for Americans aged 65 or older and approved them for others with pre-existing medical conditions and high-risk work environments.

Biden received his first injection on December 21 and his second dose three weeks later on January 11 with his wife, Jill Biden. The president said the first lady was not receiving his booster at the same time as him because she was teaching on Monday.

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