WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – Children are returning to school as the pandemic continues to hit nations.
âWe need everyone to do the job,â White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zeints said.
Zeints calls on companies to put in place vaccine requirements for employees.
âGet off the sideline, take action and do your part,â he said. “You have the power to protect your communities and help end the pandemic.”
President Joe Biden said experts will continue to examine how best to handle vaccine recalls.
“Should it be less than eight months?” Should it be as little as five months, âthe president said.
But White House press secretary Jen Psaki said for now the plan remains the same.
âNothing has changed within the eight month timeframe with regards to boosters,â Psaki said.
With the increase in cases and hospitalizations, so too is the concern for children returning to school.
âWe have seen an increase in pediatric cases and hospitalizations over the past few weeks,â said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
Walensky says the health and safety of children should be a top priority.
âUniversal masks in schools help prevent epidemics and reduce the risk of children bringing the virus home to other vulnerable people. It’s not forever, it’s for now, âsaid Walensky.
And with an 11% increase in deaths in just a week, Walensky says schools need safety protocols recommended by the CDC.
âAnd that serves to protect our children even though there are inevitable flaws in a single layer of protection,â Walenksy said.
The COVID task force says these preventative methods will help isolate cases and make it easier to control the spread of the virus, so students can focus on school.
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