US CDC gives go-head for kids vaccine; Arizona schools can keep mask mandates: COVID-19 updates
School Face Mask Mandates Have Been Reintroduced in These States Amid Delta Surge
Several states across the U.S. have prohibited face mask mandates, while the CDC has advised staff and students to wear face coverings in schools.The U.S. has seen COVID hospitalizations more than triple over the past month. It recorded 127,108 news COVID cases on Thursday, which was up from the 112,270 seen in the country on Wednesday. The country has now recorded a seven-day average of at least 100,000 new cases over the last week.
Children ages 5 to 11 could begin getting the COVID-19 vaccine this week.
Late Tuesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walenskyafter an expert panel's recommendation.
The Biden administration has ordered enough vaccine to cover all 28 million American children in the age group, presidential adviser Jeffrey Zients said Monday, and the administration’s distribution program will be “running at full strength” the week of Nov. 8.
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"We know millions of parents are eager to get their children vaccinated and with this decision, we now have recommended that about 28 million children receive a COVID-19 vaccine," Walensky said Tuesday in a statement. "As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated."
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Arizona Supreme Court: Schools can keep mask mandates
It took the Arizona Supreme Court less than two hours Tuesday to agree that the Legislature's practice of stuffing policy matters into appropriations bills is unconstitutional.
Fact check: Delta on track to comply with federal vaccine mandate, CEO says
Delta Air Lines did not "ditch" the federal vaccine mandate. The company is aiming to comply with the mandate and is incentivizing vaccination."Delta airlines (sic) have announced they are ditching the vaccine mandates for employees," reads a screengrab of a tweet shared on Instagram Oct. 17.
The unanimous ruling from the seven-judge court upheld a lower court judgment that found the Republican-controlled Legislatureby including new laws banning school mask mandates and a series of other measures in unrelated budget bills.
The Supreme Court agreed with lower-court judge Katherine Cooper, who sided with education groups, including the Arizona School Boards Association, that had argued the bills were packed with policy items unrelated to the budget.
Cooper’s ruling cleared the way for K-12 public schools to continue requiring students to wear face masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. At least 29 of the state’s public school districts issued mask mandates before the laws were set to take effect, and some immediately extended them after Cooper’s ruling.
Colleges in red states require vaccines to keep millions in federal money
More universities are rolling out new COVID-19 vaccine mandates for university employees —.
That's because of the government’s requirement that its contractors all be vaccinated or risk losing federal money. Many, although not all, universities receive federal money to conduct research.
Kansas vaccine mandate foes rally, vent anger in hearing
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds of people opposed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates rallied Saturday at the Kansas Statehouse, encouraged by Republicans who see President Joe Biden's policies as a spur for higher turnout among conservative voters. The rally kicked off ahead of a rare weekend legislative committee hearing on mandates that affect as many as 100 million Americans. The hearing gave dozens of mandate opponents a chance to vent their frustration and anger both with the Democratic president's administration and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. © Provided by Associated Press Kansas state Rep.
Citing the federal order, colleges in states such as Arizona, Alabama and Mississippi have required their employees to be vaccinated, even after their local leaders opposed and sometimes outlawed such mandates. Other universities in red states such as Georgia, Missouri, or Tennessee are interpreting the federal order more selectively.
Either way, the federal government’swith the vaccine requirement is Dec. 8. The mandate allows and so will the universities adopting the new orders.
— Chris Quintana, USA TODAY
Contributing: The Associated Press
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School mask mandates are starting to disappear. Is it too soon? .
While studies show that masks in school work and CDC mask guidance has not changed, whether a child has to wear a mask at school at this point in the Covid-19 pandemic depends largely on where they live in the country. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines have not changed. Due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the CDC guidelines recommend everyone -- students, staff, teachers and visitors to K-12 schools -- wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The American Academy of Pediatrics makes a similar recommendation.