• August 29, 2021

Yes, let’s order vaccinations for eligible schoolchildren, says Fauci – Mother Jones

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a student during a “Vax To School” campaign event at a high school in Staten Island, New York. Jeenah Moon / Bloomberg / Getty

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A week and a half A small public school district in West Los Angeles became what is believed to be the first district in the country to require COVID vaccines for any student eligible to receive them. Culver City Unified School District sent letters to the families of its 7,100 students warning that all eligible staff and students would have to show proof of immunization prior to mid-November.

Some states, like California and New Jersey, already require teachers and school staff to get vaccinated against COVID or else face weekly testing. Oregon, Washington, and New York they have gone further, requiring the vaccine directly. But no state, as of yet, has required vaccinations for students 12 and older who are eligible for vaccines.
On Sunday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said he believed the vaccine mandates for children were a “good idea,” not just for those students, but for children as well. smaller once approved by federal authorities. “I know a lot of people will reject that,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Take on the nation Sunday.

Fauci said he believes the FDA and CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will confirm the safety and “strong risk-benefit ratio” of the vaccine for children. “When that sets in, which I think it certainly will,” he said, “I think it’s a good idea to require vaccinations for children to go to school.”

“This is not something new,” he added. “We have mandates in many places in schools, particularly in public schools, that if you actually want a child to come in, we have done so for decades and decades, requiring polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis. [vaccines]. “

Children have accounted for a higher proportion of COVID cases nationwide as the Delta variant, considered about as transmissible as chickenpox“It has swept the country in a devastating fourth wave of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.” Although children generally experience less severe symptoms than adults and account for less than 2 percent of COVID-related hospital admissions, pediatric COVID hospitalizations increased this week as highest recorded, an average of 303 admitted per day.

The Delta wave, which coincides with the back-to-school season, has fueled justified fears of infections in the classroom. In Marin County, California, an unvaccinated elementary school teacher who attributed her fatigue and colds to allergies removed her mask to read a book aloud to students. Two days later, he tested positive. Subsequent testing revealed that half of his class, mostly children sitting near the front, were infected, along with six students from another grade and eight tutors and siblings, according to a CDC case study posted on Friday.

According to a influential COVID forecasting model from the University of Washington, an additional 98,000 people in the United States are projected to die of COVID in early December, though the number, health experts said at the Associated Press, it could be cut in half if everyone wears a mask in public spaces.

On Sunday, Fauci noted that 80 million people in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine and have not yet received it. To increase acceptance figures, Fauci encourages mandates for universities and companies with a large number of employees. “What is happening now is completely predictable but completely preventable,” he said, and the mandates are “one of the ways that we can vaccinate many, many more people.”

Watch Fauci’s interview here:

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