These States Have Banned Schools From Requiring Covid Vaccination And Masks
At least eight states have passed laws barring schools from requiring vaccination for Covid-19 while eight have blocked them from requiring mask wearing, however with the delta variant fueling a rise in Covid-19 cases in most states, a few localities have reintroduced universal mask mandates and some medical authorities are urging the Centers for Disease Control to revise its guidance.
The states that have barred schools and universities from requiring vaccinations are Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Montana, Arizona and Utah, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The states that have banned schools from mandating masks are Vermont, South Carolina, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and Utah.
The CDC recommends that students should continue to wear masks indoors if not yet fully vaccinated.
States like Arkansas, Arizona and Oklahoma say they will continue to encourage school students and staff to wear masks and get vaccinated even though they won’t require it.
Following a surge in new infections related to the spread of the more infectious delta variant, Los Angeles will be reinstating its mask mandate on Saturday and Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, updated its guidelines to recommend all people wear masks in crowded areas, while the National Nurses Union on Monday asked the CDC to reinstate its recommendation to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
The CDC released updated school guidance for K-12 on July 9, which includes recommendations to social distance within classrooms by at least 3 feet, use Covid-19 prevention strategies like screening and testing, cleaning and disinfecting, frequent hand-washing and contact tracing to prevent cases. It is also asking staff to promote vaccination in schools. For classes that have students that are under the age of 12, which is under the vaccination age, the CDC said schools must implement “layered prevention strategies.”
What To Watch Out For
The FDA said Thursday that vaccines for children under the age of 12 would be available by early to mid-winter. Moderna and Pfizer already launched trials in March for the under 12 age group, with Pfizer saying that it may be ready to apply for emergency use authorization from the FDA by September. Once the vaccines come out, the CDC could change its current guidelines when it comes to wearing masks.
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