Wednesday, March 30, 2022

COVID vaccination of children age 5-11 cut Omicron hospitalizations by 68%


 News Release 30-Mar-2022
Vaccination also prevented critical illness with both omicron and delta in children age 12-18
Peer-Reviewed Publication
Boston Children's Hospital


Although the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine became available in October for children age 5-11, many parents have been hesitant to have them vaccinated. As of March 16, only 27 percent had received two vaccine doses, according to CDC data. A national study published March 30 by The New England Journal of Medicine now reports that vaccination of 5- to 11-year-olds reduced hospitalizations with COVID-19 by more than two thirds during the omicron surge and protected against severe illness.

The study, co-led by Adrienne Randolph, MD, MSc, at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also confirms that vaccination reduced COVID-19 hospitalization in adolescents age 12-18 and protected strongly against severe illness, in line with a study earlier this year.




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