Dr. Marilyn Peitso with the Minnesota Medical Association says news of Pfizer developing a safe and effective COVID vaccine for children is a cause for celebration–and caution. She says as the Delta Variant continues to spread…

“1 in 5 new COVID infections are children, and as a pediatrician, I have seen first-hand that pediatric hospitalization and kids being in the ICU, we have never in the pandemic seen as many kids in the hospital or requiring ICU care as we are right now.”

Dr. Peitso says statistically it’s more likely that a child isn’t going to get as sick as an older person–but it does happen and she’s encouraging parents not to take risks with their child’s health.