SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 5, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Academy of Pediatrics, Calif. (AAP-CA) represents more than 3,500 pediatricians who believe in the importance of children attending school in person. Pediatricians have seen firsthand the ill effects on the education and physical, social and emotional health of distance learning children across the state and state of California.
AAP-CA supports Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement to require COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible children in school as an additional measure to ensure safe, in-person attendance. As a first measure, Governor Newsom says: “Vaccines work. That’s why California leads the country in preventing school closures and has the lowest cases. We encourage other states to follow suit to keep our children safe and the spread of COVID-19.” appearance.”
“Vaccinations are a safe and effective way to fight infectious diseases,” said AAP-CA President Yasuko Fukuda, MD FAAP. “The eradication of smallpox and polio, as well as the prevention of meningitis, measles and whooping cough, demonstrate that vaccines work. New vaccines are developed and evaluated through a lengthy rigorous process to ensure effectiveness and safety.”
In order to successfully carry out the vaccination of children, cooperation is of the utmost importance. Physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, school administrators, educators and health departments working together can educate families and ensure equal access to immunization.
The COVID-19 vaccine is an essential part of fighting this pandemic. As medical professionals, pediatricians want to protect the community and maintain safe schools. As of September 23, 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that children account for 16% of COVID cases. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 5.7 million children have tested positive for COVID-19. Last week, it added nearly 207,000 cases, the fifth consecutive week with more than 200,000 childhood cases in the United States.
“We must do everything we can to ensure that all children and the educational community are safe in our school systems,” continues Dr. fukuda. “The call to action is for all of us to help our children thrive in school while protecting our families and communities.”
Karmi Ferguson, Executive Director of AAP-CA
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