WASHINGTON DC – The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a “very worrying” rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in adolescents, the agency’s director said Friday. .
“It saddens me to see the number of adolescents who need treatment in intensive care units, or who are using respirators,” Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said in a statement.
“I ask parents, relatives, and friends to join me in talking to teens about the importance of prevention strategies and encouraging them to get vaccinated,” added Walensky.
According to the information published by the CDC this Friday, of 204 adolescents (between 12 and 17 years old) 204 adolescents were hospitalized for COVID-19 between January 1 and March 31, 2021, of which 31.4% had to be transferred to intensive care, and 5% of them had to use a respirator.
Coronavirus hospitalizations among teens in the United States peaked at 2.1 per 100,000 hospitalized in January 2021, then fell in March to a rate of 0.6, and rose again to 1.3 per 100,000 hospitalized in April.
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals vaccine against COVID-19 is available for adolescents 12 years and older from May 12.
Randy Serrano has the information.