Children ages 5 to 11 are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 countywide now that federal and state regulatory agencies have approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for emergency use.

After the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health gave the green light for dispensing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for young children, San Bernardino County began administering shots on Thursday, Nov. 4

Residents can make an appointment at MyTurn.Ca.Gov or vaccines.gov. Residents can also contact their child’s medical care provider to determine if they are offering the vaccine. Pharmacies and clinics are also offering vaccines for children.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 9, the county recorded 355,983 total cases since March 2020, up 1,667 from last week's 354,316. The county recorded 347,173 total recoveries, 1,296 more than the previous week. A total of 5,798 deaths have been recorded, up seven from last week. The case fatality rate remained at 1.6 percent.

The 299 hospital patients are up two from the previous week’s 297. The county recorded 83 positive ICU patients, up 13 from the previous week. ICU availability dropped from 42.8 percent to 38.5 percent.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 9, Redlands recorded 10,756 total cases, 41 more than the previous week. Redlands’ total death count remained at 268. During the week of Oct. 17, the city had 64 new cases and a test positivity rate of 2.7 percent. The previous week, Redlands had 57 new cases and a test positivity rate of 2.3 percent. From Oct. 26 to Nov. 9, the Redlands Unified School District had 56 new confirmed cases. As of Tuesday, Nov. 8, San Bernardino City Unified School District had 62 active cases.

According to Johns Hopkins University, San Bernardino County rose from 10th to ninth in total COVID-19 cases out of the country’s 3,143 counties. Riverside County remained eighth with 379,119 cases. Los Angeles County has the most with over 1 million cases.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2 million vaccine doses have been administered to county residents. Over 1 million county residents have been partially or fully vaccinated, which is 66.6 percent of the population over the age of 12.

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