The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines saying that it wants children be allowed to return to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, according to Breitbart News.
Despite this change, however, they still recommend that unvaccinated children continue to wear masks. They went on to detail further instructions guidance released Friday.
They’re finally admitting it
The agency said that it recognizes the extreme benefits that in-person learning offers to children and said that “regardless of whether all of the prevention strategies can be implemented at the school.”
That guidance is troubling for some, however, considering that many don’t consider the vaccine to be safe and at this time, children under the age of 12 are not cleared to receive a vaccine.
“COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protect people, including students, teachers, and staff, who are not fully vaccinated, especially in areas of moderate-to-high community transmission levels,” the guidance states according to Breitbart.
The CDC went on to urge localities to “monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies.”
Included in their updated guidelines to include social distancing of 3-foot between students in classrooms, and the recombination that masks be worn by everyone 2-years-old and over who have not been fully vaccinated.
The CDC did not, however, specify if or how the school should go about identifying those who have been vaccinated and those who have not or how teachers and children will be held to the new standard.
Despite earlier claims that children are unlikely to be involved in the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the CDC is still encouraging parents to get children 12 and older vaccinations ahead of the school year.
This guidance is despite concerns about some young recipients who have suffered rare heart inflammation conditions. Health agencies have yet to offer explication as to who will be affected by the dangerous side effect, only that it’s present in primarially males who receive the mRNA vaccine.
According to the CDC, however, the potential benefits outweigh the risks associated.
Guidelines like these have left Americans between a rock and a hard place, not wanting to be involved in a treatment that is as of yet, relatively untested, and could caused unwarranted health concerns, and yet not wanting children to take the frustration and risk of wearing masks all day in schools.