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- One quarter of current COVID-19 infections are composed of child patients.
- Vaccinations are being distributed, but mostly among adults.
- CDC director Rochelle Walensky confirmed a spike in children visiting emergency rooms due to COVID-19 infections.
As many adults in the U.S. have gotten their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, new incidents reveal the severe effect the virus is having on some child patients.
With vaccines circulating more widely, children now account for about 25 percent of total COVID-19 cases in the U.S., as Richina Bicette, associate medical director at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN.
"As adults get vaccinated and become more protected and immune to this virus, the virus is still in the community looking for a vulnerable host -- and pediatric patients fit that description," she said.
The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children 12 to 15.
This follows new reports emerging from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that document a jump in adolescent COVID-19 patients who require hospitalization.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky advised children ages 12 and above to get vaccinated to prevent any severe infections.
National data suggests that roughly 41 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and more than half have at least one dose.