COVID shots for young children add confusion to Michigan school mask mandates

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On November 2, the CDC approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 across the country. Clinics are set up in some Michigan schools, and the pediatric vaccine is widely available at drugstores and doctor’s offices.

Students aged 12 and over were already eligible for the vaccine.

The Kalamazoo County Health Department said it will end his school mask tenure on December 17, following guidelines set out in the department’s health ordinance stating that the term is due to end six weeks after the doctor becomes available. vaccine for children from the age of 5 years.

Mask warrants in Kent and Ottawa counties include wording that orders will end 60 days after vaccine availability for children ages 5-11, meaning orders end Jan. 2 .

Health officials from all three counties told Bridge Michigan they did not plan to revise the term extension orders.

In several other counties, including Ingham, Washtenaw and Oakland, decisions about school mask warrants are tied to levels of COVID transmission as characterized by the CDC.

In those counties, school mask warrants will remain until COVID transmission rates are found to be “moderate” or lower for 14 consecutive days, according to health orders issued by the health departments in those counties. Currently, every county in Michigan is considered to have a “high” transmission rate.


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