Low COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Lead to Increased Adolescents Hospitalization
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published on September 3, 2021, disclosed new data on COVID-19 hospitalization rates in children and adolescents, which show in states with low vaccination rates, hospitalizations increase four times compared to states with high vaccination rates.
The percent of ED visits in August 2021 in the quartile of states with the lowest vaccination coverage was 3.4 times that in the quartile of states with the highest vaccination coverage.
Furthermore, this analysis found that the percentage of COVID-19 hospitalizations resulting in ICU admission has remained near 20% since Delta became the predominant SARS-CoV-2 virus variant.
This CDC reported reconfirms 'Although COVID-19 generally results in milder disease in children and adolescents than in adults, severe illness from COVID-19 can occur in children and adolescents and might require hospitalization and intensive care unit support.