It’s acceptable: Young people getting a shot. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine could be used in children under 12 years of age, following a clinical trial that found the vaccine to be safe and effective. The idea will mean that at least 17 million children under 16 – who have been cut off from Pfizer shooting – are eligible for the vaccine, which could begin Wednesday, following a different opinion from the CDC team.
As soon as she heard the results of the test, Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, was released. The opportunity to vaccinate young people came sooner than expected and, as they saw it, a long time ago: It means a lot of living room to start vaccinating before the fall. More than half of California students study far away, according to analysis with EdSource non-academic, and the next semester remains uncertain. But since vaccines were available, the way to bring everyone back to school was pretty obvious – for reasons that, in his opinion, have more to do with psychology than infectious diseases. “It’s been a huge obstacle for high school and high school students – not because the school isn’t good, but because they think they don’t,” he said.
Across the US, getting back to school has been difficult because of a spring full of twists and turns. At first there was the problem of overcrowding – the virus was circulating in the winter, just as district officials from New York to Los Angeles discussed how to bring more students back into the community. Then came the unknown of new, very widespread colors. But even in areas where food prices are now lower and lower in winter, and where teachers have been required to be vaccinated for weeks, hope for a return is not diminished. Some parents do not want to send their children, who are now the only insecure ones in their families, away from association with other unsafe people. And some teachers take an interest in welcoming such students into their class.
In San Francisco, where Gandhi lives, some students have returned to school, but they often turn on their laptops when they arrive – called “Zoom in the living room,” as frustrated parents have said. The school is under pressure from the CDC’s idea of traveling long distances between 3 and 6 in the home, as well as due to understaffing due to teachers not being discharged from the hospital. This summer, lawmakers have decided to continue discounting what has allowed for more long-distance education. Laura Dudnick, a spokeswoman on behalf of the San Francisco Unified School District, said the region’s partnership with staff remains only for the remainder of the spring semester, and that it will follow public health guidelines in setting up fall routes.
Meanwhile, health experts like Gandhi have said that schools can be fully reopened even before they are vaccinated. The benefits of doing so can be enormous, he says, due to the closure of mental health and learning. It’s a hard needle to tie: With more schools open, we’ve learned that children spread the virus – perhaps than scientists originally thought—And some studies have linked the opening of a school to more infectious diseases in the home. But we have also learned how to deal with these dangers better with protective measures such as ventilation, masks, and testing. A a recent photo researchers at Johns Hopkins University, who had never been peer-reviewed, found that the risk of school-age children from infecting their families could not be eliminated in a safe environment. (This study was done before receiving an adult vaccine, which should reduce the spread of families.) January illuminated by CDC scientists also, based on research from several countries where schools had been opened at the time. A school explosion had occurred, he found, but it was much easier to control than a blast in places like nursing homes.