All adult and qualified student athletes who regularly attend schools and child care centers in Washington, DC must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by November 1, according to the district. The mayor said on Monday.
Mayor Muriel E. Bauser’s announcement eliminates previous test options for school staff, but retains the exemption for religious or health reasons.
Cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago have also introduced vaccine requirements for school staff without test options. Such obligations became even more widespread after the Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in August.
Washington’s requirements require that in addition to school employees, student athletes over the age of 12 (and therefore qualified for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) must be vaccinated to engage in “in vitro exercise.” Student athletes who turn 12 between Monday and November 1st must be fully vaccinated by December 13th.
The coronavirus vaccine is not approved by the federal government for children under the age of 12. That is, it constitutes a significant number of unvaccinated populations. Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Monday that the vaccine was found to be safe and highly effective in children aged 5 to 11 years. In the next few weeks.
More children were infected with the coronavirus due to the predominance of the highly contagious delta mutant. Children are still much less likely to be ill than adults, but many schools and districts across the country are temporarily closed due to outbreaks.
Federal guidance recommends that schools take measures such as masking and social distance, and vaccinate as many people as possible to keep students safe.
“I’m confident that the staff actually adopted and accepted the vaccine,” Bowser said at a press conference on Monday.
She continued. “The best way to protect them, especially for our young people who are not yet vaccinated, is to vaccinate the adults around them, in addition to all the other mitigation strategies we use.”
Vaccine requirements apply to almost anyone who spends regular time at school, including teachers, coaches, principals, librarians, coaching counselors, bus drivers, security guards, caretakers, volunteers, and student athletes. ..
Public, private, charter, and parish schools are all included in the rules, as are childcare facilities regulated by the State Department of Education.
Bowser said parents wouldn’t need to be vaccinated to drop their children, but “schools may want to deal with protocols that don’t have many adults left in the building.”
Apoorva Mandavilli contributed to the report.