What do the new COVID variants mean for kids?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Shaquita Bell, MD explains how Delta is increasing COVID risk for those who are unvaccinated.
A lot of people are talking right now about the Delta variant and noticing that it seems like kids are getting sicker and getting sick more often. And part of that are forces like the fact that children under 12 cannot get vaccinated, they don’t have access to vaccines. So, they are our largest part of our population who’s unvaccinated. But the other reality is, is that we think that Delta variant of coronavirus is more infectious and is more severe in terms of how sick you get. And so due to that fact, it is, it does make sense if it’s a more severe strain of the infection and easier to catch, it makes sense that kids are getting more sick and we’re seeing an increase in kids being hospitalized for coronavirus infections.

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