City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; COVID-19 Vaccines Now Administered With Other Immunizations; Age and Target Vaccination Dashboard Updates

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City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; COVID-19 Vaccines Now Administered With Other Immunizations; Age and Target Vaccination Dashboard Updates

­­For Immediate Release: May 17, 2021

Help end the pandemic by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, washing your hands frequently, and getting vaccinated. Approximately 1 in 20 Alexandrians who have tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization, so without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

COVID-19 Vaccines Now Administered With Other Immunizations

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated clinical guidance, allowing  administration of COVID-19 vaccines along with other immunizations. Before this change, vaccine providers were advised against giving COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of another vaccination. After reviewing the safety data, the CDC now permits all brands of COVID-19 vaccine to be given the same day as other routine vaccines for patients of all ages. The CDC hopes this will help boost rates of routine immunization. During the pandemic, childhood immunization, in particular, has seen a sharp decline, leaving children vulnerable to other diseases. The Alexandria Health Department has implemented the new guidance at vaccine clinics and is no longer recommending that people wait to be vaccinated if they have recently received another immunization.

Age and Target Vaccination Dashboard Updates

The City has updated its COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard to reflect the recent changes in vaccine eligibility and updated statewide goals for vaccination. On May 12, the CDC authorized the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15. The dashboard includes the total number of residents who can be vaccinated, and now includes ages 12 and up, rather than ages 16 and up. The percent of Alexandrians partially and fully vaccinated appears to have decreased slightly because more Alexandrians are now eligible. The statewide vaccination goal has been set at 70% of residents, compared with Alexandria’s goal of vaccinating 80% of residents. Both targets are now reflected in the dashboard.

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The seven-day moving average chart below shows the number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, and provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Vaccination charts include total doses administered across all facilities, the percentage of residents ages 16 and older who have been partially and fully vaccinated, and weekly doses administered. Vaccination charts are available with definitions and data source information at alexandriava.gov/120654. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus

Continue following measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 even after vaccination. Get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you test positive, help loved ones and neighbors by informing your close contacts using “ What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Farsi or this brief video

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/122375.

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