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Monday, February 6, 2023

Children’s low COVID-19 vaccination rate called “gut punch”

Children'S Low Covid-19 Vaccination Rate Called &Quot;Gut Punch&Quot;

Distrust, misinformation and delays due to holidays and bad weather have combined to produce dangerously low COVID-19 vaccination rates among US children aged 5 to 11.

As of Tuesday, just over 17% had been fully vaccinated, more than two months after shots became available for the age group. While Vermont ranks at 48%, California is just shy of 19% and Mississippi is only 5%.

Vaccination increased in the primary school set after shots were introduced in the fall, but numbers have slowly risen since then, and Omicron’s explosive spread has had little effect.

The low rates are “very disturbing,” said Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “It’s just wonderful.”

“Parents who hesitate are taking a huge risk and fueling the pandemic,” Murphy said.

Hospitalization of children under the age of 18 with COVID-19 in the US has reached its highest level in the past few weeks. COVID-19 has made many other conditions worse, although many are not so ill that they require intensive care.

Low vaccination rates and rising hospitalizations “have a gut punch, especially when we’re working so hard to keep these kids well,” said Dr., a pediatrician in Overland Park, Kansas. Natasha Burgert said.

Vaccines have been shown to be highly safe and effective in reducing the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death.

Overall, 63% of Americans have been fully vaccinated. The rate is 54% in 12 to 17-year-olds.

COVID-19 shots for young children are authorized in at least 12 countries. In Canada, where Pfizer shots were approved in November for ages 5 to 11, only 2% have been fully vaccinated.

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