A federal vaccine panel said Tuesday the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years outweigh the potential risks, although some expressed hesitation in recommending it for all children in this age group.
Members of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee said they want to protect children from COVID-related infections, hospitalizations and deaths as well as disruptions to their education. However, the risk of myocarditis, though rare, gave some pause.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Antibiotic Prescriptions Associated With COVID-19 Outpatient Visits Among Medicare Beneficiaries, April 2020 to April 2021
Outpatient Visits for COVID-19 and Associated Antibiotic Prescriptions Among Medicare Beneficiaries Aged 65 Years or Older, by Setting, US, April 2020 to April 2021. The volume of COVID-19 visits differed by setting: emergency department, 525 608 (45.8% of all visits); office, 295 983 (25.3%); telehealth, 260 261 (22.3%); and urgent care, 77 268 (6.6%).
Source: Journal of American Medical Association Network