福奇推动在青少年中扩大 COVID-19 疫苗接种

在白宫 COVID-19 响应小组虚拟市政厅发表讲话, 博士. 安东尼·福西, 拜登总统的首席医疗顾问, 注意到的 3.3 百万冠状病毒感染和 314 年龄小于 18. He also cited a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which indicated low hospitalization rates among adolescents, at just two per 100,000 at the peak. 的 204 children under study, nearly one-third were sent to an ICU and 5% required mechanical ventilation, 然而, there were no deaths. 也, 70.6% of the total had at least one underlying medical issue.

The bottom line is that COVID-19 in pediatric patients, although rare with regard to serious complications, definitely can be very serious and the good news is that COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be very safe and effective, including in younger people,” 他说.

Federal data indicate 24.1% of youths aged 12-15 have received at least one dose, with the figure climbing to 38.9% in teens aged 16-17.

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Fauci asked Dr. Lee Beers, pediatrician and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, her opinion on the most compelling reasons for adolescents to get vaccinated.

Beers cited threekey issuescompelling her to recommend vaccination for adolescents, such as preventing illness and death, albeit rare. She also said vaccinations will help kids get back to school, sports and social networks, while also notinga sense of community obligation and service.

Beers said many pediatricians nationwide have expressed a consistent trend in patients presenting lingering symptoms following COVID-19 infection, also known as long COVID, underscoring the importance of vaccines in this younger age group.

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后来, Fauci noted a degree of vaccine hesitancy that officials are working to address, and asked some of the concerns cropping up among parents and adolescents when they visit pediatriciansoffices.

While some are on the fence, unsure about vaccination due to conflicting information they may have heard, others have more specific concerns about the speed with which the vaccine became available, and whether there’s enough experience with the vaccine in children, Beers said. 仍然, others recite misinformation, including a widespread rumor that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility.

Unfortunately social media is powerful, and there’s a lot of misinformation on social media and our adolescents are on social media a whole lot,” 她说. “And so they see the good stuff, but they also see the misinformation on there.

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