Pediatric ICU director on uptick in adolescent COVID-19 cases and CDC push for teen vaccinations | Video

Meteorologists say we’re not technically in a heat wave, but it sure feels like it. And Monday, Governor Phil Murphy reminded school officials that current child masking requirements have exceptions in cases of extreme heat. That discretion is left to individual schools and summer camps.

As students return to more normal activities, there is greater pressure to get the COVID-19 vaccine in their arms. According to the health commissioner, just over 1% of 5- to 18-year-olds have been hospitalized since the start of the year. But 9% of those patients needed an ICU stay. It reinforces the view of public health leaders that more needs to be done to get this age group vaccinated.

dr. Jennifer Owensby offers her insight as Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital.

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