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'Greater proportion' of kids being infected with COVID than adults, says doctor

SANTIAGO, CHILE - APRIL 28: The temperature of a Bolivian child is measured in front of Bolivian embassy during a demonstration requesting repatriation on April 28, 2020 in Santiago, Chile. Local authorities of Providencia Commune offered shelter for Bolivian residents to stay during quarantine and urged Bolivian Government to offer an immediate solution. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee has endorsed Pfizer's COVID vaccine for kids and young teens 12 to 15, but parents are questioning the vaccine with a majority either saying they're not going to inoculate their children or they're planning on waiting.

“I understand that some parents are excited, while others are hesitant,” said Dr. Nina Radcliff to The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat. “My message to all parents today across the United States: there's a greater proportion of children being infected compared to adults. The best approach to get your questions answered with respect to your child is to speak to your pediatrician.”

Dr. Radcliff says that it’s important to remember that while the disease most severely affects adults, it is “not a benign disease in children.”

“Thousands have been hospitalized. Hundreds have died, and some are experiencing long COVID with many unknowns to the long term health concerns,” said Dr. Radcliff. “We know a number of 16-year-olds have already received the vaccine and it's been safe, and it works, and the side effects will be the same as the adults: nothing unusual or unexpected and generally very short-lived.”

Cases right now are at their lowest level in nearly a year, with the CDC saying they expect a downward trend in infections and hospitalizations in the coming weeks. But Dr. Radcliff says there are different situations in different areas.

“All it takes is a super spreader event, where all of a sudden 20 people may have gotten infected at the same thing,” said Dr. Radcliff. “It's hard to make a generalization, it's important to stay vigilant and to understand, while many people are getting vaccinated and the vaccines work, we don't know who's vaccinated, who's not, so we need to continue with the public health precautions.”