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The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, shown here with a syringe, could expand its accessibility to children ages 5-11 if the FDA approves its request for authorization. The vaccine is already available for those 12 and over, and booster shots are available per CDC criteria.

Pfizer Seeks Authorization from FDA for Vaccine Usage on Ages 5 to 11

Aadi Mehta, Staff Writer
October 22, 2021

Pfizer became the first vaccine manufacturer in the United States on Oct. 7 to seek authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to use its vaccine on children ages 5 to 11. The FDA will review...

600,000 children, ages 12-15, have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine across the nation, according to NBC News. Refer to the City of Irvine Covid-19 Resources for a nearby vaccination center.

Children Ages 12-15 Now Eligible for Vaccination

Ava Caleca and Erin Choi
May 20, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration approved administration of the Pfizer vaccine to adolescents ages 12-15 on May 13. This age group makes up 5% of the country’s population with roughly 17 million more...

The Walgreens in Woodbury Town Center is a vaccination center. Fully vaccinated individuals have looser COVID guidelines to follow, according to the CDC.

CDC Updates Guidelines for Vaccinated Individuals

Aryan Mittal, Staff Writer
May 12, 2021

The CDC updated COVID guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals on April 29. Vaccinated individuals can visit other vaccinated people without masks or social distancing, travel without COVID testing,...

Relatives who lost a family member due to the Coronavirus surge are outside Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital in New Delhi on April 21, according to the Associated Press. New Delhi has become a major hotspot during the surge.

India’s Healthcare System Collapses as Coronavirus Cases Surge

Aadi Mehta, Staff Writer
May 7, 2021

India’s Coronavirus cases have surged due to large gatherings after prime minister Narendra Modi reopened the country in early April, according to the New York Times. Hospitalizations and deaths skyrocketed,...

The new CDC guideline allows more flexibility within a classroom as only three feet of space is required between students. This is a positive sign for the traditional model in the 2021-22 school year as the allowed flexibility will provide space for more students and shows a positive trend in schools returning to regular models, according to IUSD public information officer Annie Brown.

CDC’s Classroom Spacing Criteria Changes

Dheeksha Bhima Reddy, Staff Writer
April 14, 2021

The CDC updated COVID-19 prevention guidelines on March 20 for K-12 schools establishing a minimum of three feet of space between students seated in a classroom for districts with low, moderate or substantial...

March 2021: Volume 5 Issue 3

March 2021: Volume 5 Issue 3

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Social studies teacher Wind Ralston, Spanish teacher Caroline Aldemir and choir director Adrian Rangel-Sanchez all received their vaccinations at Families Together of OC on Feb. 24.

Teachers Receive First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Sidra Asif, Staff Writer
March 16, 2021

Teachers and childcare workers became eligible on March 1 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  The mRNA-1273 Moderna vaccine is 95% effective, according to an interview with Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel...

Irvine Unified superintendent Terry Walker sent out the email officially closing Portola High on March 13 at 12:45 p.m. while students were in their sixth periods.

Portola High Closed Exactly One Year Ago – Today

Ryne Dunman, Business Team
March 12, 2021

Distant. Unthinkable. The virus couldn’t possibly reach the United States. Not California. Not Orange County. Not Irvine. And definitely not our school campus. Friday, March 13, 2020. On that...

The James A. Musick Facility in Irvine was affected by the court’s order to release incarcerated people accused of low-level crimes. The order was a part of a larger effort to combat the jail outbreak of COVID-19 that spiked in January. The decline in cases came after several lengthy court hearings to urge releases. Several public activists as well as the judge involved with the case recently spoke out against Sheriff Don Barnes’ noncompliance with the order.

Sheriff’s Initial Response to COVID-19 Jail Outbreak Sparks Backlash

Nate Taylor
February 24, 2021

Over the past month, the initial 1,000 positive cases of COVID-19 within jails dropped down to 13 positives with about 27 pending tests, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Despite the...

The lifting of the stay-at-home order follows after more than 5,000 people have died of COVID-19 in L.A. County in less than a month and will allow for the reopening of personal care services, like salons, and outdoor dining at restaurants, according to LA Times.

Newsom Lifts California’s Regional Stay-At-Home Order

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-California) lifted the regional stay-at-home order last week because of a rise in ICU capacity in the San Francisco Bay Area and parts of Northern and Southern California. “All...

Many classrooms across campus have experienced significantly lower in-person attendance as students opt to take their hybrid courses from home under the “otherwise present” attendance code. Literary and language arts teacher and newspaper adviser Brianna Rapp had only five students attend her second period Cohort B class in person on Jan. 14 while remaining Cohort B students attended class via Zoom.

‘Otherwise Present’ Attendance and Second Semester Health Concerns Spark Plans to Strike

Akshay Raj and Ryne Dunman
January 25, 2021

A group of Irvine students is organizing a district-wide strike geared primarily against public high schools to pressure administrators to address concerns about hybrid education and COVID-19 spreading...

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