In The News: No Masks Required For Fully-Vaccinated Students Over Twelve, Says New CDC Guidance

FeaturedIn The News: No Masks Required For Fully-Vaccinated Students Over Twelve, Says New CDC Guidance

According to updated CDC guidelines, students above the age of twelve will not be required to wear masks during the new school year this fall if they are fully-vaccinated.

However, as vaccines are not available for children below the age of twelve, those students are encouraged to continue safety measures such as wearing masks, hand washing, social distancing, and regular COVID testing.

The updated guideline says students benefit from in-person learning and getting them safely back into the classroom should be a priority.

Masks should also continue to worn indoors by children two years and above, as the correct utilization of masks by those individuals who are not fully-vaccinated is “especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.”

The updated guidelines are not mandatory. Some states have their own mandates that require every student , whether vaccinated or not, to wear masks while at school. Other states, such as Texas, Iowa, and Arizona, have barred school officials from wearing masks.

The American Federation of Teachers president, Randi Weingarten released a statement praising the updated guidelines as “grounded in both science and common sense.”

“It takes what we’ve learned about COVID transmission in the last few months – from in-school learning, camps and the efficacy of vaccines – and charts a course for schools to fully reopen this fall.

“The guidance confirms two truths: that students learn better in the classroom, and that vaccines remain our best bet to stop the spread of this virus, and get our kids and educators fully back to those classrooms for in-person learning. It also makes clear that masking is important in the absence of vaccination.”

Sources: CDC.gov, AP News, Aft.org.

In The News This Week: New CDC Guidelines For Fully-Vaccinated

In The News This Week: New CDC Guidelines For Fully-Vaccinated

According to updated CDC guidelines fully-vaccinated Americans can now participate in activities that have been denied them due to a year-long mask mandate, lockdown, and social distancing measures designed to cut down on the spread of the virus. Millions of people can now jog, walk, bike, and dine with friends in outdoor restaurants without wearing masks.

According to the CDC’s virus tracker, as of today, 570, 420 Americans have died from COVID-19. Also, according to CDC statistical data – last updated April 28 – at least 142, 692, 987 of the adult population have received one dose of the vaccine, while well over 98, OOO, OOO have been fully immunized.

Tuesday, the president spoke to reporters on the White House lawn about the CDC’s new recommendations.

“Because of the extraordinary progress we’ve made in fighting this virus, and the progress our scientists have made in learning how it’s transmitted, earlier today, the CDC made an important announcement. Starting today, if you’re fully-vaccinated and you’re outdoors, and not in a big crowd, you no longer need to wear a mask…

“Yes, the vaccines are about saving your life, but also the lives of people around you. But they’re also about helping us get back to normal in our living, more normal living, getting together with friends, going to the park for a picnic without needing to mask up. We’re back to that place now, as long as you get vaccinated, so get the shot…”

“Today, I hope is a day when we can make another step back to normalcy,” said the CDC’s director, Rochelle Walensky, during a White House briefing. “Over the past year, we’ve spent a lot of time telling Americans what they cannot do, what they should not do. Today I’m going to tell you some of the things you can do if you are fully-vaccinated.”

“The examples today,” she said, “show that when you are fully-vaccinated, you can return to many activities safely and get back to normal. And the more people who are vaccinated, the more steps we can take toward spending time with people we love, doing things we enjoy. I hope this message is encouraging for you. It just shows how powerful these vaccines are.”

“The bottom line is clear,” Biden said. “If you’re fully-vaccinated you can do more things more safely both outdoors as well as indoors. For those who haven’t gotten their vaccination yet, especially if you’re younger or thinking you don’t need it, this is another great reason to go and get vaccinated now.”

July 04 is the deadline that the Biden administration has set as its goal when Americans can look forward to a sense of normalcy. Whether it can or will be done, remains to be seen.

Sources: USA Today, Washington Post, Star Tribune.