A boy watches as a nurse administers his pediatric dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in Los Angeles earlier this year.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Almost 90% of U.S. children hospitalized for COVID-19 during the omicron wave this winter were unvaccinated, according to a government study.

Omicron caused a record-breaking number of pediatric hospitalizations from December to February, and national data on hundreds of kids aged 5 to 11 highlight the importance of vaccinating them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in the report.

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