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What to know about COVID-19 boosters: Pfizer, Moderna, J&J

FDA approved COVID-19 boosters for adults who had Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at least six months ago and J&J at least 2 months ago.

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Delaware surpassed 300 COVID-19 related hospitalizations this week, which is the highest this figure has been since early February. 

It’s another indication of the battle Delaware is facing: Hospitalizations are up by 83% since November, currently hovering around 307 as of Dec. 7. Of these hospitalizations, about two dozen are in critical care. 

The state experienced a similar type of post-Thanksgiving surge last year, though the key difference is that now a majority of Delaware adults are fully vaccinated against the virus. 

The state saw about a 50% increase in cases in the last week. 

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ChristianaCare announced Wednesday night that it was temporarily pausing elective surgeries due to the significant spike in cases. The hospital, which is the largest health system in Delaware, attributed the decision to the demand for hospital beds and the post-Thanksgiving increase in COVID cases.

According to the state, from Nov. 22 to 28, about 72% of cases were among unvaccinated people. Nearly 80% of deaths and hospitalizations were those who are unvaccinated. 

Health officials are urging Delawareans to wear masks when in indoor public settings, and to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The shots are seen as the best way to protect themselves against the virus — and its variants. 

The state is especially worried about vaccinations among young children. As of Dec. 9, about 16.7% of 5 to 11 year olds and 59% of 12 to 17 year olds have received at least their first dose.

Delaware, as a result, ranks in the bottom half of all states in terms of pediatric vaccinations. Though children are less likely to die of COVID-19, they still can get severely sick from the virus.

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Health officials noted an increase in pediatric hospitalizations, particularly nine hospitalizations in three days, which experts said could be the beginning sign of an alarming trend.

Still, many parents in Delaware are reluctant to get their children vaccinated, even if they themselves have received the shots. These parents fear of the unknown long-term side effects of the vaccine, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this is highly unlikely

Contact Meredith Newman at (302) 256-2466 or at mnewman@delawareonline.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MereNewman.

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