The best infectious disease expert in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, remarked that inoculations for American students must be mandatory. This is as the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spur thousands of fatalities and confirmed cases throughout the US.
According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director, he is aboard for the vaccine regulations for US schoolchildren.
Fauci Supports Such Vaccine Mandates
Fauci stated, “I believe that mandating vaccines for children to appear in school is a good idea. This is not something new. We have mandates in many places in schools, particularly public schools,” reported WDBO.
He continued, “We’ve done this for decades and decades requiring vaccines for polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis. So this would not be something new, requiring vaccinations for children to come to school.”
According to White House COVID-19 advisers, first-time immunizations are currently surging following a decline this summer. The White House stated the increase due to further vaccine mandates in the US, reported NPR.
Children Ages 12 and Below
Children ages 12 and below are currently yet to be allowed to be administered vaccination for COVID-19. According to Fauci on “This Week,” there should be sufficient information by October for the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ruminate whether a COVID-19 vaccine is harmless for children aged below 12 years old.
The infectious disease expert’s remarks come as the American Academy of Pediatrics on Thursday recorded over half a million American children testing positive for COVID-19 in the previous three weeks.
As millions of yet to be inoculated schoolchildren settle into a new school year, it is questioned what is the best way to protect them from the virus.
According to Allison Aubrey from NPR, the message the CDC consistently indicates is that it is not one measure that is necessitated to ensure the safety of the children. Instead, it is the ways of multilayered approach and multiple strategies, including social distancing, masking proper ventilation, vaccination for everyone 12 and up, and screening and testing. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky pertained to a Los Angeles County study that discovered case rates. Children were 3 1/2 times lower amid the previous winter’s peak in contrast to adults.