Category Archives: Youth ages 5-11

Dr. Matyas shares details on child’s COVID death

The child actually died a month ago, had been ill for a month before that, and had no underling health conditions

Solano health officer calls ‘tragic’ the death of infant to Covid-19

Fairfield Daily Republic, by Todd R. Hansen, December 21, 2021

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has reported the first death of a child due to Covid-19.

The infant, younger than 1 year old, died about a month ago and had been ill for about a month prior to that, Dr. Bela Matyas, the county public health officer, said in a phone interview Monday.

“It’s tragic,” he said.

It takes the total of Covid-related deaths to 342, the county reported.

The child “did not appear to have any underlying health conditions . . . and, of course, the child was not vaccinated,” Matyas said.

Children that young are not allowed to be immunized.

Matyas said the infant contracted the virus almost certainly by being exposed to someone with the disease, probably a family member or friend, and, he added, it was far more likely from someone who had not been vaccinated.

That is especially true if the person who transmitted the disease was asymptomatic and did not know he or she was infected.

While the Public Health Division is investigating in hopes of learning how the child was exposed, Matyas said a clear answer may not be possible.

“We may never know,” Matyas said.

The county reported 128 new coronavirus cases, 112 of which were from the past three days. It takes the total to 47,892.

The number of residents who were hospitalized Monday with the disease was 19, with six in intensive care units. That compares to 22 hospitalized Friday and five in the ICU, the county reported.

The 10-day daily case average was 37.7, up slightly from Friday’s report of 36.9.

Vaccination rates held steady at 66% of residents 5 or older being fully vaccinated and 77% of that population receiving at least one shot. There have been 84,334 booster shots administered, up from Friday’s total of 81,294, the county reported.

The report stated 18.7% of 5- to 11-year-olds have received a vaccination shot.

Fairfield added 36 new cases to take its total to 12,803. Vallejo added 33 for a new count of 13,950. Vacaville had 12,651 cases after 38 additions, the county reported.

Suisun City (3,390) added four new cases; Dixon (2,643) added nine; Benicia (1,660) added seven; Rio Vista (644) added one; and there were no new cases in the unincorporated area of the county (151), the report states.

The seven-day positivity testing rate was 5.4%, up from 5% Friday.

County public health officials do not post case updates on Tuesdays. The next update is scheduled late Wednesday afternoon.

Solano County expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to individuals age 5-11; widely available throughout County

[Editor: For appointments, see NorthBay Healthcare Center for Primary Care Pediatric Covid-19 Vaccine,  OR  Sutter  Health COVID-19 Vaccine Resources – R.S.]FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2021

News Contacts:
Matthew Davis, Sr. Management Analyst and Public Communications Officer (707) 784-6111 | (AND)
Jayleen Richards, Public Health Administrator 707-784-8616 |

Solano County expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to individuals age 5-11; widely available throughout County

SOLANO COUNTY — Solano County is expanding vaccine eligibility to individuals living or attending school in Solano County who are ages 5-11, in accordance with state and national guidance to expand eligibility to this age group.

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup unanimously concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective for youth ages 5-11, following the Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration and the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents who are interested in getting their child vaccinated can access the Pfizer pediatric doses at several locations throughout the County, including pharmacies, healthcare providers and County-hosted vaccine clinic events.

“We are pleased to expand eligibility to all community members age 5 and older in Solano County,” said Bela T. Matyas, M.D., M.P.H., Solano County Health Officer. “Getting children in this age group vaccinated helps keep them at school and reduces the risk they stay home, away from school after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.”

Starting Wednesday, November 10, 2021, the mass vaccination clinic at the Solano County Fairgrounds, located at 900 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo, will begin administering the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to individual age 5 and older, in addition to providing initial and additional doses to all other eligible community members. The mass vaccination clinic operates Wednesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mass vaccination clinics are operational now through the middle of December, with a closure the week of November 24-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

To make an appointment at the vaccination clinic, eligible residents can sign up online for each family member at Those requiring registration assistance can call (800) 672-0150.


◼ Homebound individuals interested in requesting an in-home vaccination appointment are encouraged to call the COVID-19 vaccine line at (707) 784-8655 for scheduling assistance.
◼ Residents without transportation to and from vaccine sites hosted by Solano County are urged to call the COVID-19 vaccine line at (707) 784-8655 and arrange for a free ride through Uber
◼ For upcoming vaccine clinics in Solano County, visit
◼ For vaccine clinics available throughout the State, visit or
◼ For the most recent local COVID-19 health information, including the number of COVID-19 cases in Solano County as reflected on the COVID-19 dashboard, visit and on Facebook at (@SolanoCountyPH).

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