The CDC is recommend Schools are following current COVID-19 guidelines, including mask wear and distance, for the remainder of the school year because most students are not fully immunized.
The CDC noted that coronavirus vaccines are only available to people over 12, leaving millions of school-aged children unprotected from the virus.
“Systems and policy adjustments may be needed for schools to change mask requirements for students and staff while continuing to ensure the safety of unvaccinated populations,” the agency said in its recommendation.
The CDC said it will update its guidance for schools in the coming weeks.
As of Sunday, more than 123 million Americans over the age of 12 are fully immunized, according to CDC data. This represents about 44% of the U.S. population over the age of 12, the CDC said.
Although the agency’s advice allows vaccinated Americans to do without masks, several states have not lifted their mask mandates and officials are urging Americans to get vaccinated as soon as they can.
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