The gist: COVID-19 vaccines for children older than six months were finally approved, just in time for summer camps and travel. But procuring the jabs for tots might not be as easy as going to a local pharmacy. Those parents who snag an appointment with a pediatrician may also face a choice between speed and extra protection against the virus.
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There are some logistical challenges to getting children under 5 jabbed against the coronavirus. Pharmacies can’t vaccinate children under 3, and only a few smaller pharmacies are taking on the task of inoculating 3 and 4-year-olds. That means parents will have to scope out appointments at chain pharmacies, community clinics, and pediatricians. Here are some tips on where to start.
What you need to know
🏕️ Sleepaway camps in Pennsylvania are the summer’s hottest ticket for children looking to spend time with friends and parents hoping to get their kids away from screens.
🏠 Despite a steady drop of COVID-19 cases in the Philly region, people are still getting sick. Here are some ways to “COVID-proof” your home if someone you live with falls ill.
🌼 After organizers took the Philadelphia Flower Show to FDR Park for the past two years as a COVID precaution, the event will return to the Convention Center in 2023.
👓 Children’s vision problems already went undetected, then the pandemic disrupted in-school screenings. Experts warn untreated problems could become lifelong issues.
💰 Eight Philadelphia employees were charged with collecting more than $300,000 combined in pandemic unemployment funds while working for the city.
Local coronavirus numbers
📉 Coronavirus cases are decreasing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Track the latest data here.
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What you're saying
Last week, we asked if you think we’re seeing a light at the end of the COVID tunnel. Here’s what you told us:
📉 “While it’s good cases and hospitalizations are down, we’re not out of the woods yet. The disease has shown great ability to mutate into new variants. It remains very easily spread. Unfortunately, way, way too many people have refused to get vaccinated, putting our whole society at unnecessary risk.”
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A good thing: The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is back
After a pandemic pause on the annual event at Franklin Square, the festival returned this week for the first time since 2019. Visitors can take in an assortment of lantern displays in between free performances and stop by several venues for a bite to eat or drink.