Officials Seek to Prevent Winter COVID Surge

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

As California continues its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic largely resulting from having a majority of its population vaccinated against the disease, people are reverting back to normalcy.
A return to holiday traditions was evident on Halloween with more trick-or-treaters out on the streets and with more gatherings planned during the Thanksgiving holiday. Though COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are lower in California compared with the previous year, health and government officials still worry about the possibility of a winter surge similar to 2020.
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Vaccine Cleared for Use in Children

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

A pediatric vaccine to combat COVID-19 was cleared by U.S. health officials on Tuesday and is now available for children ages 5 to 11 throughout California.
The Food and Drug Administration signed off on emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proceeded with its recommendation hours after the FDA’s announcement.
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BUSD Prepares to Replace Unvaccinated Employees

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The deadline for Burbank Unified School District employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 arrived on Friday, and those who opted not to be inoculated and are without district-authorized religious or medical exemption will be placed on unpaid leave.
As of Friday morning, 43 employees — including 10 teachers — of the 1,812 working for the BUSD had not received the vaccine, according to Superintendent Matt Hill, and the district has already posted job listings for part-time and full-time positions in teaching, accounting, maintenance, technology and food services.
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