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Young Unvaccinated People With COVID-19 Are Filling Up Florida Hospitals

Three months ago, Paulina Velasquez was celebrating her 15th birthday as a healthy, vibrant teen. Now she is on a ventilator in a medically induced coma after catching COVID-19. Florida hospitals are reporting more COVID-19 cases than ever, with many young and unvaccinated patients. One in five of the nation’s new COVID-19 cases are from the state, and only 48% of the state’s population have gotten both shots. Paulina had planned to get the vaccine this week, but caught the virus before she did.

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