With soaring cases of COVID-19 among children, the strain on the US paediatric healthcare system is increasing. As children start heading back to school a further rise in infections is expected. Hospitals are already nearing capacity in terms of paediatric beds and a further concern is having enough skilled staff to provide the specialist care for the children and their families. 

The Children’s Hospital Association has asked Biden for support, including the release of provider relief funding and approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12 years old.

Staff shortages across healthcare caused by COVID-19, with burnout and the additional costs of hiring temporary staff (especially in specialist areas) is a big problem.