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CDC: Vaccines reduce COVID-19 severity in children and teens despite the decline in Omicron prevention


New data released last week in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and on COVID  Data Tracker adds to the body of evidence that COVID-19 vaccination in eligible children and teens continue to offer protection, particularly against severe COVID-19 disease and during Omicron. 

Combined with data from last week – which showed that vaccine effectiveness against COVID 19-associated hospitalization ranged from 92-94% in adolescents ages 12 through 17 during the delta surge to 74% in children ages 5 through 11 during the omicron surge – the study reinforces the importance of vaccination to keep children and teens protected from severe disease and out of the hospital. COVID-19 vaccination remains a safe and critical tool to protect children and teens regardless of their health status.  

CDC continues to recommend that all children and teens stay up to date on their COVID-19  vaccines, including a booster dose for those who are eligible. 

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