Practically all youngsters who needed to be admitted to the ICU for COVID-19 therapy have been unvaccinated, in response to a brand new research.
The Pfizer vaccine was 98% efficient in stopping hospital intensive-care situations and 94% efficient towards 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 information on 1,222 hospitalized teenagers between 12 to 18.
Of the teenagers included within the research, 445 have been hospitalized for COVID-19 and 777 have been admitted for different causes between July 1 and Oct. 25 final yr.
In whole, 40% — or 180 sufferers — have been admitted to the ICU, and 127 of them (29%) have been placed on life assist in 31 hospitals throughout 23 states.
Solely two sufferers who have been admitted to the ICU had been totally vaccinated, in response to the research.
All seven deaths recorded within the research occurred in sufferers who have been unvaccinated.
“Practically all hospitalizations and deaths on this inhabitants may have been prevented by vaccination,” mentioned Kathryn Edwards, a Vanderbilt College Medical Heart pediatrics professor concerned within the research.
Solely 299 of the hospitalized teenagers included within the research have been totally vaccinated towards the virus — a determine Edwards described as “distressing” given the “uniform eligibility and widespread vaccine entry.”
“Though these charges have elevated considerably because the information on this research have been compiled, as of December 1, 2021, solely 60% of US adolescents had obtained a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and solely 50% had been totally vaccinated,” Edwards mentioned.
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 teenagers concerned within the research had underlying medical circumstances, together with weight problems, and 70% have been attending in-person college.
The hospitals included within the research are all primarily based in cities and greater than half of the teenagers admitted with COVID hailed from Southern states.