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President urges booster shot available Sept. 20

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The new chart showcases the number of hospitalizations from COVID-19, broken down by the vaccinated and unvaccinated. 

 

Grant Phillips, Ojai Valley News reporter

President Joe Biden recommended American adults get COVID-19 booster shots, starting Sept. 20. He made the announcement in a joint statement with medical experts.

The shots are recommended to be administered eight months after a person’s second dose. Initial boosters are for the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, with more information on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine expected in the next few weeks.

The White House’s plan to offer booster shots to vaccinated adults still depends on whether the Food and Drug Administration authorizes boosters and whether the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends boosters. The boosters will be free and available at established vaccine sites.

“We have enough vaccine supply for every American,” said White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients.

The state mandated that by Aug. 18, hospitals are required to accept transfer patients from facilities with limited ICU capacity.

California also issued a mandate that all teachers be vaccinated or subject to weekly testing. School boards have time to formulate a plan and talk directly with their labor boards with the mandate fully instated by Oct. 15.

The executive orders follow a recent rise in cases and concerns surrounding the delta variant and the occurrence of breakthrough infections.

So far, there have been 1,328 breakthrough infections in Ventura County, with 392 occurring in the last 14 days. Sixty-one fully vaccinated Ventura County residents have been hospitalized and there have been nine deaths of fully vaccinated residents. The rate of hospitalization among the fully vaccinated population in 0.013%.

For Ojai’s 93023 ZIP code, there have been 23 total “breakthrough” infections, with 11 occurring over the last 14 days.

Overall, there have been 255 new cases of COVID-19 in Ventura County since Aug. 18 and one new death.

Ojai has experienced 40 new cases over the last 14 days, bringing the case total to 1,106, a 14-day increase of 1.89%. With school returning inperson this week, health experts are keeping a close eye on the situation to determine future mitigation efforts.

So far, Oak Park Unifi ed School District has had to close a second class due to COVID-19 within the fi rst week of classes due to rising coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 testing has been ramped up in Ojai, with COVID Clinic performing daily tests from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sarzotti Park.

Vaccinations are available at several sites throughout the Ojai Valley, including at Ojai Village Pharmacy by appointment or by walk-in, and at Rite Aid at 11496 N. Ventura Ave. Vaccines are free and there is no proof of residency or ID required by the county to receive a COVID vaccination.

 

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