Children and adolescents can get sick from COVID-19 and they can infect others. And while, in general, their cases tend to be less severe, children have developed serious complications. According to the CDC, COVID-19 cases in children can result in hospitalization, death, Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), and long-term complications, such as “long COVID,” in which symptoms can linger for months. In Kern County, we have had 138 hospitalizations among those under 18 years of age, and 107 hospitalizations among those aged 5 to 17 years due to COVID-19. Also, we have had 21 cases of MIS-C identified, with 57% of those cases being admitted to the ICU.
The benefits of having your 5 years and older student vaccinated are many:
- No need to quarantine if exposed. Kids won’t have to spend time away from school, sports or extracurriculars, unless they have symptoms or test positive.
- Protect those around them — friends, teachers, parents, and grandparents.
- Fully vaccinated friends can be together outside without a mask or social distancing.
- The more people who are vaccinated, the closer we will get to herd immunity. This is a big step toward returning to our pre-Covid routines and activities.