Pfizer has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize emergency use of its vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The agency could meet within weeks to make a decision. On Oct. 2, Gov. Gavin Newsom's office announced a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for schools that will phase in once the FDA grants full approval for children.

“We are looking forward to the COVID-19 vaccine becoming available for children ages 5 to 11 and reaching the milestone of achieving 70% of our population vaccinated,” said Public Health Director Josh Dugas.

Currently, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by the FDA for people ages 12 and older.

Redlands is among the cities with the most people vaccinated. A total of 47,417 residents have received a vaccination. According to the county, there are 62,131 Redlands residents 12 and older. Redlands has vaccinated 76.3% of these residents.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 12, the county recorded 347,594 total cases, up 1,716 from last week's 345,878. The county recorded 339,265 total recoveries, 1,932 more than the previous week. A total of 5,227 deaths have been recorded, up 69 from last week. The case fatality rate remained at 1.5%.

The 284 hospital patients are down 31 from the previous week’s 315. The county recorded 90 positive ICU patients, down 14 from the previous week. ICU availability rose from 36.3% to 37.4%.

Redlands numbers

  • As of Tuesday, Oct. 12, Redlands recorded 10,458 total cases, 44 more than the previous week's 10,414.
  • Redlands’ total death rose from 240 to 245. During the week of Sept. 19, the city had 66 new cases and a test positivity rate of 1.8%. The previous week, Redlands had 95 new cases and a test positivity rate of 3.2%.
  • From Sept. 28 to Oct. 12, the Redlands Unified School District had 51 new confirmed cases.