Government officials worried about COVID cases as children return to school

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – Children are returning to school as the pandemic continues to hit nations.

“We need everyone to do the job,” White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zeints said.

Zeints calls on companies to put in place vaccine requirements for employees.

“Get off the sideline, take action and do your part,” 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, ”the president said.

But White House press secretary Jen Psaki said for now the plan remains the same.

“Nothing has changed within the eight month timeframe with regards to boosters,” Psaki said.

With the increase in cases and hospitalizations, so too is the concern for children returning to school.

“We have seen an increase in pediatric cases and hospitalizations over the past few weeks,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

Walensky says the health and safety of children should be a top priority.

“Universal 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, ”said Walensky.

And with an 11% increase in deaths in just a week, Walensky says schools need safety protocols recommended by the CDC.

“And that serves to protect our children even though there are inevitable flaws in a single layer of protection,” 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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