CDC report shows rise in teen COVID hospitalizations

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging parents to get their teenagers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 amid a spike in hospitalizations. Mola Lenghi has more.

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- Well, the CDC tonight is sounding the alarm after a troubling spike in hospitalizations among young COVID patients. We get more on this from CBS's Mola Lenghi.

- Tonight, the CDC'S stark warning.

- It is these findings and it demonstrates the level of severe disease even among youth that are preventable.

- Before most were eligible for the vaccine, many teens who got COVID and had to go to the hospital wound up in intensive care. Nearly one third of them and nearly 5% were put on respirators. Today, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said she is deeply concerned by the numbers of hospitalized adolescents. Much of this suffering can be prevented. Only about a quarter of kids aged 12 to 17 have gotten at least one dose. Dr. Paul Offit says we have to do better.

Did our children getting vaccinated at acceptable enough rates?

- No.

- One big obstacle convincing some parents the vaccine is safe long term, especially for girls.

I know there's some misinformation that is causing some hesitancy with regards to fertility and young women.

- Unfortunately, misinformation plays a big role in this. There are many women of childbearing age who are saying, look, not this vaccine is not for me. I don't want it to affect my ability to have babies. It's a false notion. But you know, once you've raised that question, once you scared people, it's hard to scare them.

- Today, there was a pre-summer vaccination party at a Bronx, New York Public school, one of the pop up sites making it easier for kids to get their shots. The game of rock paper scissors between kids and their parents determined who went first.

- I'm scared about the corona virus and not about the vaccine.

- It's nice to get the vaccination just to be safe.

- Well, here in New York, the COVID positivity rate has been declining for 60 days straight. And because of that, unvaccinated students and staff will no longer have to wear masks inside of schools and indoor facilities at summer camps beginning Monday, Nora.

- Mola Lenghi, thank you.