LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) - Doctors say the number of kids under 18-years-old testing positive for covid-19 jumped from 4% percent at the end of June to now 24%. Hospitals see big jump in covid cases.
Dr. Tina Stefanski, Regional Medical Director for the Office of Public Health in Acadiana says "we're starting to see our covid numbers start to slowly decline but were still at a higher level than we have been at any point in this pandemic".
Studies show children make up more than two thousand of the new Covid-19 cases reported in Louisiana. Dr. Tina Stefanski says our most vulnerable population is now at risk.
Dr. Stefanski says it is a lot of concern with back to school we're seeing a lot of transmission in that k through 12 age group not necessary in school on the school campus but in that age group in general.
The CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older get a covid-19 vaccine and many believe those under 12 are just too young.
Sara, a lafayette resident says she feels the kids that's under 12-years-old should not get vaccinated just yet because we still don't know what's in the shot and some kids have allergies bad allergies they allergic to peanuts and seafood and I feel that would probably mess them up because we don't know what's really in the shot.
Pfizer expects to release clinical trial data on how well its Covid-19 vaccine works in 6-month to 5-year-old children as early as the end of October. One lafayette resident says while he believes children should get vaccinated he doesn't fully trust it.
Karim Baisey says he thinks kids should get vaccinated however he doesn't trust the vaccine itself because it hasn't been around that long but he does think it's important for kids to get vaccinated.