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Methodist Pediatrician Weighs in on Vaccines for 12- to 15-Year-Olds

Published: May 14, 2021

Dr. Mikail Kraft, a pediatrician with Methodist Physicians Clinic, said children made up 3% of cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. a year ago. That figure had increased to 22% at the beginning of May.

The increase, he said, likely is due to the fact that children aren’t being vaccinated yet and to the spread of a COVID-19 variant that appears to be more contagious in children.

Vaccinating kids is seen as another way to disrupt transmission of the virus.

“The best way to stop variants and stop the pandemic is to get as many people in our community vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Dr. Kraft said. 

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