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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, urged teenagers to take their shots of the coronavirus vaccine amid a worrying trend showing teenagers ending up in the ICU wards.

The latest data suggests as many as one-third of children in the United States who got Covid infection ended up in Intensive care unit.

Mr. President has promised to boost vaccinations as a number of US states seem to reverse falling levels of take-up.

Dr. Walensky told ABC News:

More concerning was the number of adolescents admitted to the hospital who required treatment in the intensive care unit with mechanical ventilation.

An ABC News reporter added:

“There are concerns that a significant number of teenagers who get sick and have to be hospitalized are ending up in the ICU.”

It comes as 17-year old Zoie Vincent from the US state of Ohio told the network:

Honestly I feel it was the sickest I have ever been.

If I can somehow guarantee that I will never feel this way again and my family won’t have to feel this way again.

I feel like I would definitely take it so I did get the vaccine.

According to health officials, only around 25 percent of teenagers 12 to 17-years-old have taken one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

In total, just nine percent of teenagers in the United States are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the latest data highlightes, 62.8 percent of the adults in the US  have received at least a dose of a vaccine while 113.6 million are fully vaccinated.

In a worrying trend, take-up of the jab has been declining in recent weeks bring the average to below 600,000 per day.

In comparison, almost two million people were being inoculated per day across the US in early April.

The US currently holds the highest total number of virus cases, with more than 34 million people testing positive.

In addition, the US has also recorded the highest number of deaths of any country in the world with a total exceeding 610,000.

In a number of American states have launched incentives to get as many people vaccinated as possible, ranging from million-dollar lottery jackpots to free beer.

President Joe Biden has pledged to partially vaccinate 70 percent of adults in the US by Independence Day on July 4.

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