Cases of dangerously low levels of children vaccinated against COVID-19 are rising dramatically – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The number of COVID cases is increasing dramatically, especially in Philadelphia, due to low levels of vaccination among children. Attempts to reverse this will begin next week with some schools offering vaccines.

Doctors say it’s an important mission to find new ways to get more children vaccinated.

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The number of children with COVID-19 has increased by 78% in two weeks. Most cases are mild, but there are now a record number of children hospitalized with the virus nationwide, with nearly 5,000 children.

Dr. Dan Taylor said, “Unfortunately we have had some deaths from COVID as well.”

Dr. Taylor of St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia says his test positivity rate is 52% and most have not been vaccinated.

“There’s still some hesitation about a vaccine that’s relatively new, although the technology has been around for 20 years,” Taylor said.

Across the country, only 16% of children ages 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated. In Pennsylvania, among children ages 5 to 9, 24% have received a single dose and in Philadelphia, it is just 7%.

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“We are seeing huge disparities between black and brown children versus white and Asian children,” Taylor said.

Among African Americans aged 5 to 11 in Philadelphia, only 12% have received a single dose of the vaccine.

“Part of that is honestly opportunity and access,” said Dr. Ala Stanford.

Dr. Stanford, along with the Black Doctors Consortium, will begin providing vaccines at seven schools in Philadelphia after the MLK break.

“We have identified schools that have high positivity rates for the coronavirus or low-vax communities,” Stanford said. “We are going to be in a different school every week for the next 30 days. I think there will be people who will be reluctant about getting vaccinated, but that is where perseverance and presence to be there matters.”

The school vaccine effort is being worked out with FEMA and the Philadelphia Department of Health. Apart from students and staff, family members will also be able to get vaccinated.

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