Students as young as five years old may still need to wear masks in school after the COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children ages 5-11, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said in a White House briefing Wednesday. Walensky did not discuss if or when children would not be required to wear masks in school.
“After we have authorization from (the Food and Drug Administration) and recommendations from the CDC, we will be working to scale up pediatric vaccination. That said, it will take some time … as we head into these winter months, we know we cannot be complacent,” Walensky stated. (RELATED: Florida Education Board Sanctions Schools With Mask Mandates)
Masks in schools were meant to be a temporary measure. It is good policy and practice to establish off-ramps for interventions that aren’t meant to be permanent. So many parents I talk to ask “When does it end?”. We should be able to answer what conditions would enable an end. https://t.co/TMR9d6jaeL
— Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH (@JenniferNuzzo) October 19, 2021
“We also know that from previous data that schools that have had masks in place were three-and-a-half times less likely to have school outbreaks requiring school closure,” Walensky continued. “So, right now, we are going to continue to recommend masks in all schools for all people in those schools and we will look forward to scaling out pediatric vaccination during this period of time”
There is absolutely no off-ramp for sticking kids in masks for 8 hours a day with hysterical people like Walensky in charge. Hope her kid gets to go to camp in 2025. https://t.co/hXxc4F2WJD
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) October 20, 2021
Florida’s Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo said Wednesday that the data does not support any clinical benefit to forcing mask mandates upon children in a school setting. 135 of the 28 million Americans ages 5-11 have died of COVID-19 during the past 19 months.
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