COVID vaccine available soon for children 5-11, options for proving your vaccination status, school COVID outbreaks, general election links, global climate conference, this week at the Council, Pike Place Market celebration...

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November 1, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

First, I want to mention some important news. According to the Associated Press, COVID vaccines for younger kids are already being packed and shipped. The Food and Drug Administration already cleared the shots, which deliver about one-third of the vaccine given to adults, and according to the AP article, “On Tuesday [tomorrow], a special advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet to consider detailed recommendations for administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to younger children.” Once CDC advisers make their recommendations, agency director Dr. Rochelle Walensky will give the final order.

I’m including more information below on the COVID vaccine and younger children, as well as updates on outbreaks in schools in our state and the latest data on young people and COVID-19.

I also want to mention that the global meeting on climate disruption, COP 26, opened yesterday in Glasgow. This meeting is even more crucial than earlier COP gatherings, as many disruptive changes to the climate system are already “locked in.” We are now faced with taking action to avoid the most dire consequences, which would require keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade. However, we are not on track to meet that goal.

If we continue as we are, temperatures will continue to rise, bringing even more catastrophic flooding, wildfires, extreme weather and loss of species.  For the latest news on COP 26, see this link from the AP: COP 26 – The latest news. For some positive environmental news, see today’s Moment of Inspiration.

I also wanted to mention that at tomorrow’s meeting of the full County Council we will recognize the 50th anniversary of the citizens’ initiative to keep Pike Place Market (which saved the market from development in the 1970s). Can you imagine Seattle without the Market? It took a lot of work from a dedicated group of citizens to keep it from being razed. Learn more here.    

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at   

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.