As more adults continue to be vaccinated against COVID-19, infection rates are dropping across the country.
But according to new figures from the American Academy of Pediatrics, COVID-19 infections in children remain stubbornly constant.
At Live Oak Park in Santa Clara, kites fly on a Friday night and families walk their dogs.
Among adults who spoke with NBC Bay Area’s Sergio Quintana on Friday, they told him they already had at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
But not everyone Sergio Quintana spoke to on Friday night is on the same wavelength as to whether they want their children to receive the vaccines if the federal government gives permission.
“I think it’s also safe for children. And we want everyone to get it, ”said Trang Trung, a resident of Santa Clara. “We don’t know about it yet. It’s, it’s, we’ll probably wait, ”said Steve Lee, a San Jose resident.
The hesitation comes as new figures released by the American Academy of Pediatrics have shown that children now account for 22% of COVID-19 infections and account for about 1.2 to 3.1% of hospitalizations.
Dr Grace Lee, a pediatric epidemiologist at Stanford Children’s Health, said if vaccines were approved for children, those infection rates would likely drop as well.
“Having vaccines gives you a huge layer of protection that goes beyond what we can do with masking, social distancing and cohort, etc.”
Lee added that in the Bay Area, the higher adult vaccination rate also gives a layer of protection to children and that these infection rates could drop in the area. But she said she was eager to vaccinate her children and they were also eager to do so.
“I might have a biased sample here, as at least my own kids are really excited about getting the vaccine because I think they see it as a strategy to be able to get back to normal and be able to participate in the vaccine. all of the activities they’ve been missing out on over the past year or so, ”Lee said.
Federal regulators are expected to announce a decision on the use of the Pfizer vaccine for teens 12 to 15 years old next week.