Practically all youngsters who needed to be admitted to the ICU for COVID-19 remedy had been unvaccinated, based on a brand new research.
The Pfizer vaccine was 98% efficient in stopping hospital intensive-care situations and 94% efficient in opposition to all COVID-related hospitalizations in youngsters, the research revealed Wednesday within the New England Journal of Medicine discovered.
The peer-reviewed evaluation, which is backed by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and pediatric hospitals, included knowledge on 1,222 hospitalized teenagers between 12 to 18.
Of the kids included within the research, 445 had been hospitalized for COVID-19 and 777 had been admitted for different causes between July 1 and Oct. 25 final yr.
In whole, 40% — or 180 sufferers — had been admitted to the ICU, and 127 of them (29%) had been placed on life assist in 31 hospitals throughout 23 states.
Solely two sufferers who had been admitted to the ICU had been absolutely vaccinated, based on the research.
All seven deaths recorded within the research occurred in sufferers who had been unvaccinated.
“Practically all hospitalizations and deaths on this inhabitants might have been prevented by vaccination,” stated Kathryn Edwards, a Vanderbilt College Medical Middle pediatrics professor concerned within the research.
Solely 299 of the hospitalized teenagers included within the research had been absolutely vaccinated in opposition to the virus — a determine Edwards described as “distressing” given the “uniform eligibility and widespread vaccine entry.”
“Though these charges have elevated considerably for the reason that knowledge on this research had been compiled, as of December 1, 2021, solely 60% of US adolescents had acquired a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and solely 50% had been absolutely vaccinated,” Edwards stated.
Public well being officers within the U.S. have been encouraging children as young as 5 to get the vaccine.
Practically three-quarters of the kids concerned within the research had underlying medical circumstances, together with weight problems, and 70% had been attending in-person faculty.
The hospitals included within the research are all based mostly in cities and greater than half of the kids admitted with COVID hailed from Southern states.