As the pandemic continues, it seems we are all used to the “new normal” by now. Vaccinations seem to offer a light at the end of the tunnel, but there is still uncertainty on how effective they will be and how fast we will see change. There have been 32,228,003 cases of Covid-19 in the US and 574,220 deaths. On the bright side, more than 247 million vaccinations have been currently administered in the US, according to the CDC (CDC).
This past March was the first National School and Childcare Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Month (CDC), which is excellent news! Because it means the efforts are being placed on restoring the education quality that only in-person classes provide. To get children safely back to school, teachers have been prioritized to get Covid-19 vaccinations (UNESCO). US teachers, school staff, and childcare workers in pre-K-12 schools and childcare programs are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, according to the CDC (CDC).
Experts highly recommend that children get vaccinated to prevent a further spread of Covid-19. Although children have been shown to have a lower rate of contagion, they can still spread the disease to populations at risk. Even though children tend to have milder symptoms, it is still essential they engage in biosecurity measures as 251 US children with COVID-19 have died, and thousands have been hospitalized (CDC). This is why it’s fundamental that they eventually get vaccinated (Chicago Sun-Times).
Currently, children under 16 are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination (Madison State Journal). Pfizer is the only company that is working on a vaccine for children. “Pfizer has said its vaccine trials in children show the vaccine is as effective in ages 12-15 as it is in young adults. However, those results still have to be reviewed by the FDA.” (Chicago Sun-Times). We will continue to keep you posted on how this develops.
The CDC states that teenagers are twice as likely to have Covid-19 than children from 5-11 years old (CDC). So they might be more likely to get vaccinated once the vaccine gets approved.
In regards to education, children have been under distanced learning for one year now. Each state and school has been given the task to open the classrooms, continue online learning or have a hybrid of both. The following is a CNN map on schools and what they are currently offering according to state.
For the children in an online model, their education level depends on their economic background as not all children have access to stable wifi or a computer. When surveyed, parents said, they are concerned with completing schoolwork due to technology and lack of access.” (Education Data)
As school staff and teachers continue to be vaccinated, it is expected for cases to have a dropdown. If your school is currently struggling to create and comply with biosecurity levels, we have the solution for you. We created our Health and Safety Module to help you face these challenging times and be successful at protecting your community’s health. With it, you can choose between existing templates or create your own protocols, collect data on compliance through our relevant apps and involve drivers, aides, parents, and students to produce an audit trail and improve accountability and transparency. At Viafy, we are ready to be your left hand during these difficult times. Click here to request a demo!