School Districts in a Midwest region are rolling back on making masks optional. Though it has become slightly easier for parents to find a vaccine for children. This is as more timeslots do open up each day. In fact, the local health experts are saying the shots need to go into arms fast.
School Districts – Last Year Versus This Year
Moreover, last year, most students in a region in Ohio. This was when for school wearing masks were requiring. Then, there are several districts that did start this year with mandates in place.
Local public schools have, in fact, announced plans to recommend. However, it did not require masks. This was shortly after Winter break. However, other districts did decide to make masks now optional.
Removal of Masks: Public Officials Think it is Happening Too Quickly
In fact, Governor Mike DeWine and area health experts are saying it is happening too soon.
“Moreover, my recommendation is really to have schools keep the mask on for a few more weeks at least,” said DeWine in Columbus.
“Vaccine and then wearing a mask is actually the best way to prevent a spread of COVID-19 vaccine,” adds Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda.
Still, the COVID-19 is still spreading. On Monday, a local school district did reinstitute its mask requirement after an outbreak at an elementary school last week.
Therefore, as more vaccines go into the arms of kids ages 5-11. Then it does seem the schools will be comfortable dropping mandates. Also, a local city school did, in fact, offer a vaccine clinic for 5-11-year-olds. It was this past last Friday in partnership with the local city Children’s Hospital. On Monday, its mask requirement did go away, that even before kids had a chance for a second dose.
“Then, you give your kids a chance. Also your younger kids a chance, to get vaccinating and then get that second vaccination in 3 weeks,” DeWine advises.
To date, nearly 71,000 kids in Ohio aged 5 to 11 have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, that is an increase of about 10,000 from the day before. Also, a child isn’t considering fully vaccinating until two weeks after their second dose. On Friday, that does mean those who start their vaccine regimen will have a chance to be fully vaccinating by Christmas.