Vaccines on hold for young children; the mask mandate debate; kids, schools and COVID; bicycle helmet law repeal?; this week at the Council; upcoming EastLink info session; funding for affordable housing...

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February 14, 2022

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to delay its decision on approval of vaccines for children under 5, citing the need for additional data. While many of us are anxious to have an approved vaccine for young children, Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin of Public Health tweeted out the following after the FDA’s Friday decision: “Although we're very eager to have CoV-19 vaccines available for children 6 mo. to 4 years ASAP, I think this is the right move if sufficient data are not currently available to support the necessary safety & effectiveness review for FDA authorization.”

I’m including more below on the questions regarding children’s vaccines, as well as the latest news on children and masks, and keeping classrooms safe.

You may also have noticed in the past few days a flurry of stories about mask mandates - - are they staying or going? And what does that actually mean in terms of protecting vulnerable populations from COVID? Also included below is more on this debate on masking, this week at the Council, improving indoor air quality, a potential vote on repealing the bicycle helmet law, a Keynote address from the Director of the Smithsonian Institute, affordable housing and rental assistance, and much more.

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.