Washington: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended wearing of masks in schools for everyone over two years of age, regardless of their vaccination status.
“AAP recommends universal masking because a significant portion of the student population is not yet eligible for vaccines, and masking is proven to reduce transmission of the virus and to protect those who are not vaccinated,” the Agency Monday
Many schools will not have a system to monitor vaccine status of students, teachers and staff, and some communities overall have low vaccination uptake where the virus may be circulating more prominently, their statement said.
Monday’s development comes over a week after CDC released a new guidance urging schools to fully reopen in the fall regardless of whether all mitigation measures can be implemented.
In the new guidance issued on July 9, the CDC said that vaccinated teachers and students do not need to wear masks inside school buildings.