Los Angeles County to Offer Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine – NBC Los Angeles

Doses of the newly approved Novavax vaccine against COVID-19 will be available to residents of Southern California this week. Long Beach will offer doses beginning Monday, and Los Angeles County is scheduled to administer the drug beginning Wednesday.

The US Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the vaccine on July 13 after it was found to be 90% effective against mild, moderate and severe illness in the company’s Phase 3 clinical trial. company in which 30,000 people aged 18 or over participated.

Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, Novavax’s protein-based injection was developed without the use of mRNA technology.

“We are thrilled to begin offering the Novavax vaccine to our community,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement.

“With more options available, we are increasing access to these life-saving vaccines. We urge everyone to get vaccinated and protect yourself if you haven’t already. Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death,” added the Mayor of Long Beach.

Residents over the age of 18 can receive the Novavax vaccine, which is a two-dose primary series, with the second dose given three weeks after the first. Boosters are not recommended and the Novavax vaccine is not licensed for children under 17 years of age.

Long Beach officials said the Novavax vaccine won’t be listed on the state’s MyTurn vaccine scheduling website until later, but residents who want to get it can visit a city-run vaccine clinic. A list of sites is available online at longbeach.gov/vaxlb or by calling 562-570-4636.

Starting Wednesday, residents in other parts of Los Angeles County will be able to get the vaccine at any Los Angeles County Department of Public Health vaccination location.

According to a medical study, the coronavirus was the main cause of death in the country among adults between 45 and 50 years old.

Residents can also contact their provider to see if they are offering the Novavax vaccine.

The availability of the new vaccine comes as the region slowly emerges from a surge of infections that nearly prompted a new indoor mask mandate in the county.

With case and hospitalization rates steadily falling, the county announced last week that it would defer imposing the mandate.

The county could officially move from “high” to “medium” transmission level this week.

The county’s seven-day case rate, while still elevated at 426 cases per 100,000 people, is down from 481 per 100,000 the previous week, according to the most recent data.

Additionally, using the most recent hospitalization data, Los Angeles County is experiencing a rate of 9.7 new hospitalizations, suggesting that by Thursday, assuming rates remain stable or decline, the Centers for Disease Control and US Disease Prevention could designate the county at the “medium” community level.

As of Saturday, the last day figures were available, there were 1,220 positive COVID-19 patients in county hospitals, with 137 of them treated in intensive care units.

While masks are not required indoors, they are strongly recommended, said county public health director Barbara Ferrer.

“As we hopefully move to the mid-community level, we will need to continue to use common sense safety measures to reduce community transmission to a level that causes less disruption, less illness and less death,” he said.

“We have great tools and we will need to use them. Please stay up-to-date on your vaccinations to reduce your chances of serious illness should you become infected; wear your face covering indoors to reduce the spread of an infectious agent at its source, while protecting the wearer from aerosolized virus and respiratory droplets.”

The health department reported 6,399 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the total since the start of the pandemic to 3,292,692. 18 new deaths were reported, raising the total to 32,708.

All but one of the deaths reported Friday were among people with underlying health conditions. The county does not report COVID-19 data on weekends.

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