Pasadena Public Health Department officials will no longer update the city’s coronavirus vaccine dashboard, according to city leaders.
Throughout the pandemic, the dashboard showing the city’s COVID-19 vaccination rates combined with a separate dashboard showing Pasadena’s COVID-19 cases. Together, they provide a heap of information relating hospitalizations, deaths and vaccines administered in the city.
But Pasadena officials cited Pasadena’s high vaccination rates as the motivating factor for no longer needing to update the vaccination tallies, especially considering 99.9% of Pasadena residents have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the dashboard. An estimated 93% have received two doses.
Pasadena Public Health still intends to update case counts as it has throughout the pandemic.
However, the city was also forced to postpone scheduled vaccine clinics for youth younger than 5, which were set to begin Thursday, July 7, but didn’t “due to unforeseen circumstances in staffing,” Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian said shortly before announcing Public Health Director Dr. Ying Ying Goh will take a one-year leave of absence.
COVID-19 vaccine doses for children under age 5 first became more widely available across L.A. County on Wednesday, June 22, after shipping delays stalled the rollout of the pediatric shots.
The Pasadena Public Health Department, which is separate from Los Angeles County’s health department, intended to begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 6 months to 4 years from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Appointments in other areas remain available on MyTurn.CA.gov though.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles County leaders warned they may institute a universal mask mandate at the end of the month as a result of rising hospitalizations in the region, a phenomenon that has not been witnessed in Pasadena.
After a slight delay in reporting, Pasadena’s coronavirus dashboard was updated Thursday to reflect case counts from a day prior. However, the days of the dashboard are limited, according to Derderian.
“PPHD will add a note to the vaccine dashboard to indicate that we will no longer be updating the dashboard,” she said, “as Pasadena has high vaccination rates.”
On Wednesday, July 6, the city reported 87 additional COVID cases on Thursday, raising the cumulative total from throughout the pandemic to 32,529.
No new deaths were reported in Pasadena.
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