COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Children and Adolescents
The findings are significant, according to the researchers, because people who are Black, Hispanic, or Latino have a higher chance of being infected, hospitalized, or dying as a result of COVID-19. “This is due to underlying circumstances that affect health, such as socioeconomic status, access to health care, and occupational exposure to the virus, such as frontline, crucial, and critical infrastructure employees,” according to the CDC.
“Enhanced public health efforts are needed to increase COVID-19 vaccination coverage for all children and adolescents,” researchers wrote. “To increase overall coverage and address disparities in child and adolescent COVID-19 vaccination coverage, providers and trusted messengers should provide culturally relevant information and vaccine recommendations.”
According to survey data, among children aged 5 to 17:
The data comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Immunization Survey. From December 2020 to September 2022, the survey collected information on vaccination status from 94,838 families with children aged six months to 17 years old. The responses were gathered between September 2021 and September 2022.
Age, Family Income Trends Commonly Seen in Vaccinated Children
Vaccination of children was most common among individuals aged 12 to 17, with a college degree, and with a household income of $75,000 or more. Households that reported wearing masks in public were also more likely to claim that their children had been immunized.
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