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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As COVID-19 infection rates drop and vaccinations climb, Philadelphia health officials suggest some restrictions could be lifted later this week. That could mean baseball fans can attend the Phillies’ home opener in April.

Officials are reviewing restrictions on crowd sizes set to expire March 1.

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The Flyers, Phillies and Sixers have all submitted requests and proposals to the city to let fans back at their games, and it looks like that could happen, with some limitations.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to normal,” Mayor Jim Kenney said.

The mayor says the new normal could be fans at Citizens Bank Park for Phillies Opening Day on April 1.

“It’s likely there would be some fans in the stands at the Phillies’ home opener, but how many is gonna depend, not just on us, but also what the state decides,” Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said.

The health commissioner says the city will probably ease restrictions on crowd limits, but the state would need to do the same thing to allow fans back into sporting events.

“We did receive requests from the Sixers, Flyers and the Phillies and we are looking at our event limits,” Farley said.

Farley said there’s been an 80% drop in weekly COVID infections not related to vaccinations. At the same time, vaccine supplies have improved significantly.

“The greatest limiting factor is not the number of doses we receive, but our own capacity to administer it,” Farley said.

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Philadelphia opened its first standing COVID vaccination clinic at the Martin Luther King Jr. Adult Center in North Philadelphia.

“It feels good to be able to get a shot,” Brian Ballabee said.

Two other standing clinics are set to open as the city continues to expand vaccinations. Precautions are still advised.

“I’m concerned that people may start to think we’re finished with this and they can throw the masks away. Not yet, we have to be wearing masks for a long time,” Farley cautioned.

For Dorothy Miller, getting the vaccine has her looking forward to being able to see her great-grandson.

“I just want to be sure i’m OK to see the baby,” Miller said.

And for Gloria Jefferson, the vaccine is about something very simple.

“It means freedom,” she said.

Along with expanding vaccine clinics, which will include large retailers and pharmacies, FEMA will open its mass vaccination site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center next Wednesday.

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Even with all that, city officials say they probably won’t move to the next phase until April.

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A German virologist lowers the euphoria and reveals what will happen when we are all vaccinated against the coronavirus

Sandra Ciesek She is the director of the Institute for Medical Virology at the Frankfurt University Clinic and is considered one of the leading experts on coronavirus in Germany. This researcher has given an interview to the magazine Focus, in which lowers the euphoria which may mean the start of the vaccine campaign.

The researcher believes that vaccination will defeat the pandemic, “but the virus will remain.” “It will probably become endemic,” says Ciesek, noting: “However, the new coronavirus is not defeated.”

“It could be similar to the flu, where we have a kind of basic immunity. Some are vaccinated, others have already had the flu throughout their lives, so they have at least partial immunity, “explains Ciesek.

The doctor launches this reflection: “There are always ‘new people’ that comes to this world. If a boy is born, he has no immune protection. At the latest in kindergarten age, you will meet a larger group of people for the first time and are likely to become infected. Thus, if children are not vaccinated against the virus, infections will recur over and over again. In the future, children in particular will be infected with Sars-CoV-2. “

So should children be vaccinated? “That is currently being discussed. Studies on mRNA vaccines are already underway. But manufacturers are approaching this age group very carefully. First, the drugs were tested on young people 16 years and older, but now vaccine developers they will go down at 12 years old. And if that works, they will continue to adapt vaccines and carry out gradual studies in younger people, “he explains.

“However, it has not yet been decided whether all children, especially infants, will be routinely vaccinated in the future. There are two points to be weighed: between the actual benefit of vaccination and the fact that children don’t usually get seriously ill “adds Ciesek.

“The question behind this is this: What does the vaccine do for this child if the infection is most likely just giving them a cold? Parents will have to decide that in the future“says the doctor.

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