Kentucky sees increasing pediatric COVID-19 hospital admissions, recommends booster for immunocompromised

(WSIL) — On Tuesday, Governor Andy Beshear announced a record number of pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations, and Dr. Kentucky Department for Public Health commissioner Steven Stack announced that a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for immunocompromised Kentuckians at least 28 days after a second dose.

“COVID-19 doesn’t just affect adults. With the delta variant, your children are at greater risk than before,” said Gov. Beshear. “A school district in South India has already quarantined 750 students. Do the right thing: get vaccinated, mask yourself in schools and in high-risk indoor environments. Protect our children.”

dr. Stack said Kentuckians with the following conditions should consider getting a third dose:

Active or recent treatment for cancer/malignancy; transplantation of solid organs or hematopoietic stem cells; Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome); Advanced or untreated HIV infection; and active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, tumor necrosis (TNF) blockers and other immunosuppressive medications.

“This is for individuals who may not have received adequate protection from their first primary vaccine series. People with normal immune systems are not advised to receive an additional dose at this time,” said Dr. Stack. eligibility should talk to their health care provider.”

Individuals who have received a Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine are not currently recommended to receive an additional dose

The number of COVID-19 cases among children in Kentucky has increased by more than 400% in the past month, from 133 July 16 to 548 August 16.

In addition, as of August 16, Kentucky had 17 pediatric admissions for COVID-19, the highest total ever in the state. The previous highest number was 12 admissions in December 2020.

Kentucky COVID-19 Update

Number of people who received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,425,305Number of people vaccinated in the last 24 hours in Kentucky: 5.863As of August 15, there were only 17 Kentucky counties where at least 50% of residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. From March 1 to August 16, 2021, 86.8% of COVID-19 cases, 90.5% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 87.4% of COVID-19 deaths in the state were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.

dr. Stack said several hospitals in the state have already started canceling and postponing non-emergency but important surgeries and other procedures that require hospitalization for overnight stays. He added that larger receiving hospitals in Kentucky are receiving calls from hospitals in Louisiana and Alabama looking for ICU beds to transfer patients to them; and reports from Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri and Louisiana say there are no beds available in these states.

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