As soon as Thursday the CDC will announce new guidelines about what Americans who have been fully vaccinated can do. This will include being able to have small gatherings indoors with other vaccinated people.
At a White House COVID-19 Task Force press conference on Monday, Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “I use the example of a daughter coming in from out of town who is doubly vaccinated, and a husband and wife doubly vaccinated, and maybe a next door neighbor, who you know are doubly vaccinated.”
“Small gatherings in the home of people, I think you can clearly feel that the risk, the relative risk, is so low that you would not have to wear a mask, that you could have a good social gathering within the home.”
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the CDC, did not say when the new guidelines would be released but said the CDC is “looking forward to releasing it soon.”
While a small gathering indoors with other vaccinated people isn’t the party most Americans are hoping for, it is the first time that the Biden administration has signaled it is willing to loosen restrictions.
Despite that, Dr. Walensky warned Americans not to get complacent amid new variants and tens of thousands of new cases every day.
“I want to really keep our eye on the fact that our cases are increasing right now. Slightly, but they are,” Dr. Walensky said Monday. “And so, the goal is not to sort of open up travel, open up things because we’re scaling up vaccination.”
According to the CDC, the United States has vaccinated 78.6 million people and distributed more than 100 million vaccines.
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CDC Says Teachers Do Not Need To Be Vaccinated To Reopen Schools
Teachers do not need to be vaccinated in order for schools to reopen according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In cites such as Chicago and Los Angeles, teachers unions are resisting the effort to put teachers back in the classrooms without proper precautions in place, including vaccinations.
According to a Wednesday report from CNBC, newly appointed CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says that teachers do not need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before schools can reopen.
In statements during a COVID-19 White House press briefing, Walensky said, “There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated. Vaccinations of teachers is not a prerequisite of reopening schools.”
She also explained that a CDC advisory committee has placed teachers in the “1B” category — the same as essential workers — to receive vaccines, placing them second in line for priority to receive the injections.
The CDC has stated that there is “little evidence” of widespread coronavirus transmission in schools and many schools across the country have been open for in person teaching for a while with little to no issues.
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Fauci Hopes Kids Are Being Vaccinated For Covid-19 By Late Spring
The head of the National Institutes of Health, Anthony Fauci, would like children to start to be vaccinated by late spring, early summer saying that it is needed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The survival rate of Covid-19 in children ages 0-19 is currently 99.99% according to the CDC. In ages 20-49 it drops down to 99.98% and ages 50-69 it is 99.5%.
Vaccines are not yet approved for children, and Fauci was looking ahead to a time they will be plentiful. Even older adults are having difficulty getting shots at the moment. As of Thursday, only about 1.3% of Americans had been fully vaccinated with the required two doses of the currently available vaccines.
Children represent about one-fourth of the population, and for the U.S. to reach “herd immunity,” or widespread resistance, about 70% to 85% of the population must be vaccinated.
“Children tend to not become as severely ill as adults but they can still become ill and some have tragically died,” said Dr. Leana Wen, a public health expert and emergency room physician, who supports Fauci’s goal. “Children can also be vectors of transmission, and getting children vaccinated is important as we strive for herd immunity.”
Due to insufficient testing data on young people, the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved vaccines for children. Through a process called “age de-escalation testing,” Fauci says data is being gathered now.
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