The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup Sunday completed its review of the federal process and has unanimously concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective for children as young as 6 months old. The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the governors of Washington, California, Nevada and Oregon this afternoon.
The Moderna two-dose vaccine series and the Pfizer three-dose vaccine series are now available to children as young as 6 months old. The Washington State Department of Health last week said once vaccines were approved they will begin supplying healthcare providers with vaccines for children ages 6 months to 4 years.
On Friday, June 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of the vaccines in children as young as 6 months old, and the CDC affirmed that decision on Saturday. The Workgroup reviewed the federal decisions on Saturday and affirmed them today.
The Workgroup thoroughly reviewed safety and efficacy data for the vaccines. The Workgroup found that completion of either vaccine series produced antibody levels similar to those achieved in individuals aged 16-25 years. Observed vaccine reactions among infants aged 6-12 months and children aged 1 through 5 years were consistent with reactions to other vaccines routinely recommended for these age groups.
The Workgroup concluded that the benefits of completing either vaccine series substantially outweigh any known or likely risks. Immunization can be expected to reduce the numbers of COVID-19-related serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in young children while facilitating their participation in normal educational, social and recreational activities.
The Otis Roundtree Award has been given to Winlock High School football players since 1928. It's an award given by the Winlock Lions Club and voted on by the players. This year the award goes to Neal Patching, his parents are Brandon and Nelia Patching.
The first Otis Roundtree Award was started in 1928 by Otis Roundtree. He was a businessman in Winlock and also a graduate of the University of Washington.
Avast there, and blow me down! Pirate Daze is upon us again.
This year the pirate will take over Westport for their free festival Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26.
The festival opens at noon on Friday and lasts until 7:00 p.m. Look for the action in the Westport Marina area.
It has been a labor-intensive, time-consuming process to get the local golf course (formerly known as Willapa Harbor Golf Course) restored and primed for linksters to shoot par on. However, owner Heather Hamilton is optimistic that at least three holes of the newly titled Riverwoods Golf and RV will be in play for the public sometime in September.
"The property is owned by our LLC, Willapa Harbor Golf LLC, but we are changing the operating entity to Riverwoods Park LLC, DBA (doing business as), Riverwoods Golf and RV," Hamilton told the Herald. "We took ownership of the course July 9, 2021." Riverwoods is a 9-hole golf course.
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