USA and UK has approved vaccinations against COVID-19 in those aged 12 and above, but why would we vaccinate teenagers against COVID-19?
There are few benefits for 12-year-olds; they rarely get ill, especially not seriously ill and there’s a good chance that “long COVID-19” doesn’t even exist for children.
Well, this graph by Tom Calver explains it:
So, basically it is not only to protect the children – which I believe new variants will soon put in danger till we get the global pandemic under control – but to protect those that are can’t get vaccinated or whose immune system is compromised.
It’s also important to look to the UK where there is a sharp increase in cases at the moment, despite widespread vaccination. The answer seems obvious:
Get everyone vaccinated.