Unvaccinated adolescents have been the driving force behind a persistent Delta wave in Britain, a potential warning sign for California if immunization rates among this age group don’t improve significantly, health experts warn.
dr. George Rutherford, a UC San Francisco epidemiologist and infectious disease expert, said unvaccinated 10- to 14-year-olds are driving the pandemic in the UK, with cases at these ages significantly higher than in any other group.
Rutherford quoted data from a New York Times analysis, which found that in mid-October, school-aged children in England were 15 times more likely to be infected with the coronavirus than 80-year-olds. The analysis found that England ended mandatory mask wearing in mid-July, and officials recommended no vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds until mid-September, four months after they became available for those ages in the US.
The rise in coronavirus cases in the UK has been uneven, rising rapidly from mid-June to mid-July, then declining sharply before the yo-yo peaked at a second peak in mid-October. There have been some signs of decline since the middle of last month, but cases remain well above pre-Delta levels.
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