Schools are pushing for students to be vaccinated before the start of the school year
Weeks before the start of the school year in parts of the country, schools, school districts and some teachers’ unions are pushing for students to be vaccinated to ensure they are vaccinated against the spread of Covid-19 when classes will reopen completely in the fall.
Sixty-three percent of public schools were open full-time, in person for all students in May, while 2% offered distance learning exclusively, according to data released Thursday by the Institute of Educational Sciences. from the US Department of Education.
Many districts plan to reopen in the fall for in-person instruction, although some will still offer distance learning.
“The time is right” for vaccinations, said Jim Blumenstock, senior vice president of pandemic response and recovery at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. “The school year is fast approaching, according to [the] part of the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday recommended that students, teachers and staff who are not fully immunized continue to wear masks indoors. He also urged schools to reopen in person while maintaining 3-foot social distancing and encouraging more families to get vaccinated.