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COVID-19 hospitalizations rising among young people; what health experts are concerned about

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(KWWL) -- After numbers show a rise in hospitalizations between ages 12-17, the CDC has begun renewing calls to get eligible young Americans vaccinated against COVID-19.

A recent gallup poll shows two-thirds of US adults now say their lives are at least somewhat back to normal.

But as new COVID-19 cases continue to go down, the number of young American hospitalizations go up.

CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said, "I want to highlight a specific population we were hoping will join the tens of millions who have already been vaccinated -- and that is adolescents."

Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that what was more concerning were the number of adolescents admitted to the hospital who required treatment in the intensive care unit, with mechanical ventilation.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky also recommended that until every young person is fully vaccinated, they continue to wear masks and take precautions to protect themselves and others.

"The level of severe disease, even among youth, that are preventable -- that force us to redouble our motivation to get our adolescents and young adults vaccinated," Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

CNN contributed to this story.

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