WASHINGTON – As the back to school season inches closer, the push to encourage vaccinations in children continues.
The CDC says the age group with the lowest vaccination rate is kids 12 to 15, with only about a quarter fully vaccinated.
Many health workers and politicians are blaming rampant misinformation, but Pfizer hopes to dispel some of this misinformation with new data for kids 5 to 11 coming sometime in September.
So far, Moderna hasn’t given a potential date for clinical trial information.
In the meantime, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends “all students older than 2 years and all school staff should wear face masks at school.”
This comes after the extension of a 90-day national public health emergency declaration due to rising COVID-19 in every state.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy says those who can get vaccinated should do so to protect those that do not have enough information to make a decision.
“They depend on us being vaccinated to protect them from the spread of the virus,” says Murthy. “We are their shields.”
Doctors say, even if parents and caregivers are vaccinated, if they live in an area with high transmission, it’s best to wear a mask.