WLWT-TV: Big push to vaccinate middle, high school students against COVID-19 underway

UC family medicine physician says vaccinations needed among younger people

WLWT-TV reported that Cincinnati Public Schools has been hosting vaccine events in an effort to increase the opportunities for students 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19. So far, 10 percent of CPS students have been vaccinated at a clinic hosted by the district. That figure does not include students who got vaccinated elsewhere, such as at a doctor's office or pharmacy.

Addison Maxberry, who will be in the seventh grade when school starts in August, told WLWT-TV that she is glad CPS will have several more opportunities for students 12 and older to get vaccinated through the end of July. Maxberry said she hopes her classmates will do what she did: Decide to get a shot and make it happen.

Local health experts hope more students will get the vaccine especially now that the more transmissible delta variant of COVID-19 is on the move. Louito Edje, MD, an associate dean of graduate medical education at the University of Cincinnati shared her thoughts with WLWT-TV.

"It seems to be more prevalent, of course, in those populations that are not vaccinated, which are, unfortunately, our younger folks," said Edje, also a UC Health family medicine physician. When she talks about "younger folks," Edje is talking about the 40 and under crowd, which, of course, includes teens.

Listen to the full broadcast on WLWT-TV.