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The problem with unvaccinated adolescents

The problem with unvaccinated adolescents are, that most adolescents across the world are unvaccinated, with is a contribution to the recent uprise of COVID cases worldwide. However, why is this happening? Humans clearly do have the materials required to end the pandemic, but why won’t it just end?

The COVID virus, which took the world by storm in late 2019, was an unstoppable force. With hospitalizations and deaths being at an all time peak, there was no signs of it slowing down. Until, vaccines were implemented to help fight off the symptoms of the deadly virus. However, even with the proven effectiveness of the vaccines, only 50% of the total population are fully vaccinated against the virus. The other 50% refuse to get the virus due to religious purposes, or just being against vaccines. However, with the introduction of vaccines available to anyone over the age of 5, most of the population is eligible to get the COVID vaccine. Vaccines for anyone under the age of 5 is dangerous, with their immune systems potentially could be harmed with the vaccine.

However the problem with unvaccinated adolescents being a persistent problem, “Dr. George Rutherford, a UC San Francisco epidemiologist and infectious-disease expert, said unvaccinated 10- to 14-year-olds are driving the pandemic in the United Kingdom, with case rates among these ages significantly higher than any other group.”Rutherford was citing data from a New York Times analysis, which said that in mid-October, school-age children in England were 15 times as likely to be infected with the coronavirus as 80-year-olds. The analysis noted that England ended mandatory mask-wearing in mid-July, and officials did not recommend vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds until mid-September, four months after they were available for those ages in the U.S. Rutherford was citing data from a New York Times analysis, which said that in mid-October, school-age children in England were 15 times as likely to be infected with the coronavirus as 80-year-olds. The analysis noted that England ended mandatory mask-wearing in mid-July, and officials did not recommend vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds until mid-September, four months after they were available for those ages in the U.S.”

With unvaccinated adolescents, COVID cases continue to rise. Adolescents will need to be vaccinated if we all want the pandemic to be over. However, with so many adolescents not receiving the vaccine, will the pandemic ever end?

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