Westchester County leaders to host town hall on COVID-19 and teens

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Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden, executive director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau, will co-host an open conversation on COVID-19 and teens on Thursday, May 13.

The event, which will be broadcast on Facebook Live from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. is intended to facilitate conversation between residents, county leaders and health experts. Student guests will also participate, including Jack Kelly of Harrison High School, Hallye Boughner of The Montfort Academy and Michelle Manecha Perez of The University of Pennsylvania. Attendees can submit questions in advance to Communications@westchestergov.com
or comment on Facebook Live that evening.

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children age 12 – 15, a group that accounts for an additional 17 million vaccine-eligible Americans. Pfizer said that in Phase 3 trials the vaccine demonstrated 100% efficacy for this age group. The Pfizer vaccine is already authorized for children 16-18, the only one of the three vaccines approved in the U.S. for people under the age of 18.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said that New York could authorize the vaccines for 12-to 15-year-olds as early as Thursday, May 13. 

The North Salem Central School District reported 7 new positive cases among students for the two-week period from April 28 through May 11. There were no new cases among teachers during that period. No positive cases were reported at Pequenakonck Elementary among either students or staff during the same period.

The Westchester County COVID-19 vaccine dashboard reports that 43% of North Salem residents age 18+ have been vaccinated, according to data through 5/2/21. The seven-day positivity average for Westchester County is .9%, according to state data.

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