FDA again warns parents not to vaccinate children under 12
Initially reluctant to enforce the mandate, President Biden is now moving more aggressively than any other president in modern history to require vaccinations, including in schools.
Understand the Vaccine and Mask Mandate in America
- Vaccine Rules. On August 23, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNtech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and older, paving the way for increased mandates in both the public and private sectors. Private companies are increasingly making vaccines mandatory for employees. Such a mandate is legally permitted and upheld in court challenges.
- mask rule. In July the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all Americans, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public places within areas experiencing outbreaks, a reversal of guidance given in May. See where CDC guidance will apply, and where states have established their own masking policies. The fight over the masks has become controversial in some states, with some local leaders defying state restrictions.
- Colleges and Universities. More than 400 colleges and universities require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Almost all are in states that voted for President Biden.
- schools. Both California and New York City have introduced vaccine mandates for education workers. A survey released in August found that many US parents of school-age children are opposed to mandatory vaccines for students, but were more supportive of the mask mandate for students, teachers and staff members who have had their shots. are not.
- Hospitals and Medical Centers. Many hospitals and major health systems require employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, citing the growing caseload fueled by the Delta variant and the stubbornly low vaccination rates in their communities, even as their Even within the task force.
- New York City. Indoor dining, gyms, performances and other indoor situations require proof of vaccination of workers and customers, although enforcement doesn’t begin until September 13. Teachers and other education workers in the city’s vast school system must have at least one vaccine. Dosage until 27 September, without the option of weekly testing. City hospital staff must also get a vaccine or be subject to weekly testing. Similar rules apply for New York state employees.
- at the federal level. The Pentagon announced it wants to make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for the country’s 1.3 million active-duty soldiers “no later than mid-September”. President Biden announced that all civilian federal employees would have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to routine testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel.
The president visited Brookland Middle School on Friday to meet first lady Jill Biden, a college professor who returned to class this week. In his remarks, Mr. Biden urged parents to vaccinate eligible children, and promised The White House visits the school once each student has received the vaccine.
“The safest thing you can do for your 12-year-old and older is get them vaccinated,” the president told the crowd. “You’ve got them vaccinated for all kinds of other things — measles mumps rubella — for them to go to school, to be able to play sports, they’ve had to vaccinate them. Get them vaccinated.”
A list of new requirements announced this week will apply to those who teach in Head Start programs, Department of Defense schools and schools run by the Indian Bureau of Education. Collectively, those schools serve more than 1 million children and employ about 300,000 employees, according to a plan released by administration officials.
“We may not always know what will happen in the future, but we do know what we are doing for our children,” Dr Biden said on Friday. “We promise them to keep their schools as safe as possible. We give them a commitment to follow science. “
The surge of new cases, driven by the more infectious Delta variant, rippling through uninfected communities has also affected children, who are currently being hospitalized at the highest levels, with nearly 30,000 hospital admissions in August .
Children are still less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 than adults, especially older adults. But experts say the growing number of children hospitalized, although fewer than adults, should not be considered, and instead encourage communities to work harder to protect their youngest residents. should do.
Christopher F. Schuetz contributed reporting.
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