The 21st Show

COVID-19 update: Kids, boosters and cases


Though CDC data shows children under 12 made up less than 1% of all Covid deaths since January 2020, children are still getting the virus and many parents are scared. With the return to full in-person learning, this past September saw the most new cases and deaths for kids in the U.S., but a survey by Kaiser Family Foundation says barely one in three parents will permit their children to be vaccinated immediately. On the opposite end of the spectrum are those eligible for their booster shots and the latest —  a mix-and-match strategy that allows adults to pick a booster different from the original shots they received. To answer questions on the latest COVID news, we were joined by a public health administrator and professors of medicine. 


Dr. Awais Vaid

Deputy Administrator & Epidemiologist, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Dr. Vidya Sundareshan

Professor and Chief of Infectious Diseases SIU School of Medicine, Medical Advisor to Sangamon County Department of Public Health

Dr. Douglas Kasper, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Section Head of Infectious Disease at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria



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