CDC director says all children will be back in class by September, even if they haven’t been vaccinated
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said she believes all children will be back in class by September.
She said the current rollout of vaccinations means enough of the population will be vaccinated against Covid-19 to stop distance learning.
The CDC has reported 170 million vaccines to date, with 64 million Americans fully vaccinated with two doses.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said she believes all children will be back in class by September
Dr. Walensky told Dr. Jennifer Ashton of ABC News that there should be no more remote learning by fall
Dr. Walensky told it ABC News’s Dr. Jennifer Ashton: “ I think that with the combination of testing and vaccination for our older populations, and I really hope that a reduced number of cases, that we should anticipate, by September 2021, schools should be full-fledged personally, and so on. our kids back in class. ‘
The head of health added that children would return to school whether or not they were vaccinated.
Children without serious health problems are not yet eligible for the vaccine, but Dr. Walensky estimated they will receive injections in mid-May.
But even if children are not vaccinated, teachers and parents need to be vaccinated and more tests can be done to make sure schools stay open.
The head of health added that children would return to school whether or not they were vaccinated
Pfizer recently shared data showing that the vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 12 to 15.
Moderna is currently running and Dr. Walensky expects they will follow Pfizer by offering a shot by the summer.
But she said she doesn’t expect the vaccine to be approved before the end of the year for children under 12.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden warned Americans that “ we won’t be at the finish line ” when it comes to the pandemic, saying it’s not time to get back to normal.
‘The virus is spreading because we have too many people who see the end in sight and think we are already at the finish. But let me be deadly serious with you: we’re not at the finish. We still have a lot of work to do, ”he said in comments at the White House.
Biden issued his warning when he announced that he will be moving up the goal of qualifying for vaccination by two weeks so that all American adults can be vaccinated starting April 19.
No more confusing rules. No more confusing restrictions. My message today is simple. Many states have already opened up to all adults. But as of April 19, every adult in every state, every adult in this country will be eligible to line up for a COVID vaccination, ” he said.
The country is facing a fourth wave of the virus, experts warn out of concern about the number of variants on the rise.
“New variants of the virus are spreading and they move quickly,” noted Biden. ‘Cases are increasing again, hospital admissions are no longer decreasing. While deaths are still down, well down from January, they are going up in places. ‘
He also praised the government’s progress since taking office: More than 80% of teachers, school staff, and daycare workers received at least one shot and 150 million shots in the arms of Americans in late March.
“We’re not even halfway through vaccinating 300 million Americans. This is going to take time, ”he said. “This is not the time to celebrate.”
President Joe Biden warned Americans that ‘we won’t be at the finish line’ when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic and reminded people to stay cautious
President Biden reminded Americans that even after taking an injection, it takes time for the vaccine to start working for a person to be fully inoculated
He also reminded people that it takes time for the vaccine to take effect, especially if they get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, which requires two injections.
‘To make your first admission in mid-April next week, you will not be fully protected until May, at the end of May. If you take your first admission in mid-May, you will not be fully protected until the end of June. So watch. Now, on the one hand, June isn’t that far away considering how long this has been going on, but it’s also not there yet, ‘he said.
Biden’s new eligibility goal is because 34 states already have the option to qualify for vaccination for those 16 and older, and 41 states will have it open to adults by April 19 anyway.
Speaking last week, Biden said 90% of adults would be eligible for vaccines by mid-April – and the previous goal was to open it to anyone over 18 by May 1.
President Joe Biden speaks with medical personnel while visiting a coronavirus vaccination site at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.
The announcement comes because 41 states will be eligible for vaccines for people 16 and older as early as April 19
Before Biden’s new target is revealed, 41 states will have all vaccine eligibility open to adults. And four other governors have announced they will open it on April 19.
While eligibility is growing at a rapid pace, it does not necessarily mean that U.S. vaccination rates will increase
Some states face obstacles in getting shots in the arms of even those more at risk, such as those over the age of 60 and those with pre-existing conditions.
People have complained about long waits and queues, while others say they can’t even book an appointment and spend their days refreshing web pages trying to find a moment to take the photo.
A few states have even reported a shortage of shots.
Notably, last week, a facility in Baltimore, Maryland, had to throw out 15 million one-time doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after an ingredient error.
The administration set some low targets that it easily surpassed and later changed to be more ambitious.
Upon taking office, Biden said he wanted to get 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office. He far exceeded that goal, later saying the new goal is to get 200 million vaccinations for 100 days.