(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says health care professionals are concerned at the number of young adults being hospitalized with COVID. Foster says last year, most people who were hospitalized were of the older generation who had comorbidities. She says what they are seeing now, is more admissions of people who are in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. The biggest reason those people are in the hospital, Foster notes, is that they are unvaccinated.
Foster says the community still needs to follow COVID preventative measures like socially distance, wear masks, or get vaccinated to protect those who cannot get the vaccine. She says last year it was the concern for the elderly population who were more at risk if they got the virus, but now most have gotten the vaccine. Foster says her worries are placed with those who do not have the option to get the shot.
Foster says the hope is that there is a vaccine made available soon for those under the age of 12, but nothing is official as of yet. She adds that there is a likely chance that one is offered by the end of the year, as they are currently in trials for five-to-11-year-olds. Foster says it is important for the development of those vaccines that they successfully complete all studies and clinical trials before they are made available to the nation’s youth.