A World Health Organization panel named the variant “omicron” and classified it as a highly transmissible virus of concern, the same category that includes the delta variant, the world’s most prevalent.
As the holiday season approaches, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is encouraging South Carolinians to take precautions against COVID-19 before and as they celebrate, citing spikes in cases following previous holidays throughout the pandemic.
In Beaufort County, the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination effort for kids ages 5 to 11 will start on Wednesday. Experts say although it’s not typically a high risk population, this is still a big step in the fight against COVID-19.
Soon, the Food and Drug Administration could give the OK for Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for five- to 11-year-olds. That could mean almost all school-aged children eligible for the shot and protected against the virus.