How many students are vaccinated in the Finger Lakes region? That number is still relatively low – especially among eligible age groups.
According to the latest information from the regional team leading COVID-19 vaccine efforts in the Finger Lakes – just 42% of 12-15 year olds have been fully vaccinated.
“There are certain areas that are definitely less uptake than others in certain demographics,” Dr. Stephen Schultz, a pediatrician and the Rochester Regional Health Pediatric Medical Director for Monroe County and Fingerlakes Medical Associates explained. “Some of it’s been in the rural population, some of its been in the minority population, but we’re continuing to advocate and talk to parents and kids about the importance of vaccination.”
The big issue for public health experts is the rise of the Delta Variant, which is more infectious and spreading more quickly throughout the U.S.
Side effects are apparently a big deterrent for those officials trying to get teens vaccinated while eligible.
“Vaccines cause side effects in two ways. Immediately within a day or so, like sore arm, fever, chills, headache… or in two or three weeks, and that’s where you get a type of immune-cross reaction,” Dr. Steven Cook said. He’s an associated professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital. “So if we don’t see something in two or three weeks, we don’t see it years later, like cancer or infertility or things like that.”
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