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Unvaccinated children hospital admissions double during Omicron outbreak in US

This is the result of a study at America was announced on April 19.

According to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for every 100,000 unvaccinated children aged 5-11, 19.1 have been hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment since mid-December. 2021 to the end of February 2022, compared with 9.2 per 100,000 vaccinated children.

The researchers looked at nearly 400 hospital admissions in 14 US states during this time. The results showed that, out of 397 children hospitalized with COVID-19 when Omicron variant predominated, 87% were unvaccinated, about 33% had no underlying disease and 19% required intensive care.

Unvaccinated children hospitalized doubled during the outbreak of Omicron in the US - Photo 1.

Unvaccinated children are hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment twice as often as vaccinated children. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The highly contagious Omicron variant has caused the number of SARS-CoV-2 virus infections in the US to reach a record high in January 2022, leading to an increase in the number of cases. hospitalized due to COVID-19 in people under 18 years of age and concerns about the impact on unvaccinated children.

US regulators approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 in October 2021, before the outbreak of the Omicron variant.

According to data from the US CDC, only 28% of children in this age group, or about 8 million children, are fully vaccinated.

The study also found that hospitalizations for COVID-19 were highest among children in the older age group during the Omicron wave than when Delta was the predominant variant in the US.

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