NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Yale New Haven Health has seen the number of patients with COVID-19 in its system triple in the past three weeks. A total of 137 patients. Many have one thing in common; they are unvaccinated.
“Virtually all of the cases we seeing in the hospital now are the delta variant,” says Dr. Balcezak.
He says that shows how effective the vaccine is at preventing serious disease and death from COVID. Keeping vaccinated people out of the hospital in most cases.
“Giving it their full throated approval is I think an incredible stamp of approval that people should take comfort in. The FDA does not rush things, cut corners,” says Dr. Balcezak.
As for vaccine hesitancy among parents, whose kids 12 and up are eligible to get vaccinated the public is reminded that young people are not immune to COVID.
“There is evidence now that kids can be severely affected by COVID-19.”
The Yale New Haven Health system has not had any pediatric COVID deaths but has treated dozens of young people with COVID.
“We have admitted more than 180 patients under the age of 18.”
Currently, there is a 16-year-old in the pediatric ICU with covid in a Yale New Haven Health facility.