School-based COVID-19 vaccination programs: An equitable strategy to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on children and their families

The COVID-19 pandemic has been detrimental to the physical, mental, social, and economic well-being of children and their families. While evidence suggests that children are less vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 than adults, rates of infection, illness, hospitalisation, and death among children have increased since the emergence of Omicron. In the United States to date, estimates suggest over 75% of children have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, and reinfections are becoming increasingly common with the emergence of new variants and subvariants. High incidence has translated into significant increases in hospitalisations, with rates among children of all ages four times higher during the Omicron peak compared to the Delta peak.

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Peebles A, MacDonald SE, Basta NE

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