Kolkata, India: Students and instructors who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 won’t have to wear masks in US classrooms, health authorities announced on Friday when school begins.
It has been followed by the recent federal consent of the US shot Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 at 12-15, with a dramatic drop since January in hospitals and fatalities – but cases start an increase because of the rising Delta coronavirus.
In May, the Disease Control and Prevention Centers (CDC) stated that vaccinated Americans can drop masks, but school health guidance was not immediately modified.
“Indoors: Mask use is recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated, including students, teachers, and staff,” the nation’s lead federal public health agency announced in its updated guidance.
According to the CDC, schools can follow or disregard the standards.
“Based on the needs of the community, school administrators may opt to make mask use universally required (i.e., required regardless of vaccination status) in the school,” the agency says.
Reasons for the continued use of masks may include high transmission rates in schools and their localities or simply “screening problems or implementing non-universal masks policy.”
Health experts emphasize that it is a “priority” to return to personal learning in the fall.
“Achieving high levels of COVID-19 vaccination among eligible students as well as teachers, staff, and household members are one of the most critical strategies to help schools safely resume full operations,” the guidance said.