Pediatric Hospitalizations Rising, City Begins Administrating Booster to Kids Ages 12 to 15
According to the city of El Paso, they will begin administering COVID-19 boosters to children ages 12 to 15 at all city vaccine sites.
While much of the country is experiencing extreme freezes and snow, most everyone else is just trying not to get sick. Aside from bad weather, the colder temps can also bring about more endemic disease and infection rates as people gather around closely for warmth inside their homes.
Experts were worried that this winter would bring catastrophic numbers of people experiencing the flu and Corona at the same time. Unfortunately, one of the biggest worries in healthcare right now is the shocking rise in hospitalizations for patients under the age of 18, with hospitals across the country reporting the same increase.
This is why health professionals stress the importance of vaccinations and preventing disease as opposed to treating it. Luckily the FDA has cleared covid-19 vaccines for pediatric use. And just in the nick of time, all El Paso City vaccine sites will begin administering the Pfizer covid-19 booster to children ages 12 to 15 and the third dose to children 5 to 11 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
City-county health authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza had this to say, "Immunization is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children's health... We are excited to be able to provide an extra layer of protection and further safeguard our young children from severe complications arising from covid-19 infection."
Families are encouraged to schedule their vaccine appointments at the vaccine sites below:
The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered by appointment only at the following locations:
220 S. Stanton (corner of First and Stanton)
7051 S. Desert Blvd. Suite F600 (near Adidas and Columbia Sportswear) January through February 26, 2022 Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information about COVID-19, visit www.EPStrong.org.