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UP healthcare systems urge vaccinations to protect children

A letter was issued on behalf of Upper Peninsula area hospitals, urging residents to do their part in preventing children from getting MIS-C by getting vaccinated. 

“This is a message from your Upper Peninsula hospital leaders and health experts – fellow Yoopers who have endured the hardships of this pandemic alongside you,” the letter stated. “We’re proud to have the important job of caring for our families, friends, and neighbors. And having been on the front lines of this pandemic since day one, with very little rest, we know this fight is far from over.”

The letter explained that COVID-19 vaccines prove to be more than 99 percent effective in preventing illness, hospitalizations and deaths in the state. The healthcare system is in a race against aggressive variants that increase the risk of hospitalizations for both adults and children. The goal is to protect everyone, including children, as they are not immune to COVID-19 and its long-term complications such as multisystem inflammatory syndrome. This is also known as MIS-C.