CDC figures indicate this year for January-March 2.1 cases out 100,000 individuals required hospitalization for 12-17 year olds. None died. That’s 6,300 kids in the entire US getting sick enough from Covid to show up at the hospital.
According to whyy.org a public media organization associated with PBS in the US, 97% of covid-19 hospital admissions and 99% of the deaths are unvaccinated individuals.
After all the publicity and urging from the Whitehouse, 51 % of the all adults in the US have chosen not to be fully vaccinated as of 15 August. Obviously the pandemic will continue everybody agrees to get the free vaccine. Masking is an issue at the margins. More politics than substance.