CDC urges parents to get teens vaccinated after surge in hospitalized teens cases
PHILADELPHIA CREAM – The director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged parents to get their children 12 and older vaccinated against COVID-19, pointing to an increase in hospitalization rates among the age group – including some requiring intensive care.
“We just felt it was safe enough and we were ready to go back to normal,” said Ann Summers. She says it was a no-brainer when it came to getting her 16-year-old daughter, Olivia, vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“So that when she goes to school and someone is exposed, she doesn’t have to self-quarantine,” she said. Olivia was willing and ready.
“I just know it’s going to be for the best and I feel safer now, so I thought it was an easier decision too,” she said. Her 19-year-old cousin, Amy Kunhardt, says it was for her too. She is in Middle School.
“Even though my college didn’t require it, our grandmother is 93 and I want to make sure I protect my family,” Amy said.
Dr Mike Cirigliano says the vaccine is the only way out.
“The reason we are seeing more and more children having the virus instead of the elderly, one, and the elderly have been vaccinated. Second, the children are getting together, the mask warrants are disappearing and it is almost as if things have returned to normal and the pandemic has just passed. The sad truth is that the virus is still there and there are still these variants, “he said.
At this time, Kalimah Fiers has no plans to be vaccinated or to vaccinate her 13-year-old daughter.
“I honestly wanted to see how the vaccine worked for at least a year before I did.” And she feels it about the CDC’s findings.
“I think a lot of kids who have this problem are ultimately managed inside schools or wherever these kids gather and face masks. Don’t wear protective gear,” Fiers said.
The CDC says that until teens are vaccinated, they should continue to wear masks and take precautions when around other people.
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