As Omicron Spreads, Child Hospitalizations Climb 30% in Past Week
By Dec. 28, the country had an average of 260 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations each day, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In New York City alone, child hospitalizations are up fivefold since early December, nearly all among unvaccinated kids.
The symptoms being seen are serious enough to be admitted to the hospital, which again is an indication that this is not just a disease of adults.
Children ages 5 and older can now receive a COVID vaccine. Yet in New York state, for example, only roughly 27% of 5- to 11-year-olds are vaccinated. The vaccination rate is even lower in the United States as a whole, at about 23%.
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