The FDA green lit Pfizer’s vaccine to children as young as 12 years old.
No child aged 12 to 15 who received the vaccine came down with COVID-19, as experts believe kids need to get their shots in order to reach herd immunity. South Florida parents will now decide whether to vaccinate their eligible children.
Children make up nearly 14% of the nation’s cases and at least 296 have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. with more than 15,000 have been hospitalized.
Parents in South Florida now have to decide whether to give the vaccine to their kids, as many are excited, while others will wait for more information.
An independent CDC panel plans to meet to review the latest data on the Pfizer vaccine, and if the committee approves, then it could become available to the younger age groups.
Parents should consult with their child’s pediatrician & reputable resources in order to make sound choices in vaccination.
The reopening of Florida schools this year, made masks mandatory, but that won’t be the case in the fall.
“broad sweeping mandatory face covering policies serve no remaining good at this point in our schools.” said Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. “We ask that districts, which currently are implementing a mandated face covering policy, revise their policy to be voluntary for the 2021-22 school year.”
Corcoran says he found face-covering policies don’t impact the spread of the virus, though no scientific details were given to support that.
Students have been given the option to continue remote learning instead of returning to classrooms this school year, but that won’t be an option come the fall.
“Mandatory face covering policies inhibit peer-to-peer learning in our classrooms and they may also unintentionally create a barrier for students and families who would otherwise choose in person instruction if such a policy were not in place.”
United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats released a statement, saying “safety measures must continue to be implemented” as the community is not yet in the clear from COVID-19.
“Broward County Public Schools will open the 2021-22 school year, with 100% in-person, traditional face-to-face instruction at all schools this fall, there will be no blended hybrid remote learning,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. “My recommendation is, in large part based on our experiences this past year, which have highlighted the academic, social, and emotional challenges that many of our students have had with the remote learning. We know some certainly have been successful, but there have been many, that it’s certainly been a big challenge. The availability of the vaccine for teachers and staff, which will be further buttressed by recent announcements that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to young people from ages 12 and beyond. So we look forward to that.”
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