Schoolchildren over the age of 12 are encouraged to get vaccinated, but they are not obliged.
Educational institutions of the largest school district in the United States, the city of New York, have opened their doors to students. As CNN reported on Monday, about 1 million children and teenagers returned to their desks.
Classes were first transferred to a remote format due to the spread of the coronavirus in March 2020; depending on the epidemiological situation in the city, they were partially held for some time within the walls of schools or again completely transferred to an online format. At the beginning of the school year, full-time classes are mandatory for all schoolchildren, the TV channel indicates.
The vaccination campaign prepared the conditions for such a decision for children and school staff. According to CNN last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that 65% of students aged 12 to 17 years were vaccinated with at least one dose. In addition, the authorities of the megalopolis obliged teachers and other educational workers, who, according to the Axios portal, number about 148 thousand people, to be vaccinated with at least one dose before September 27. Last week, the city education authorities reported that 74% of teachers were vaccinated with at least one dose.
The TV channel explains that schoolchildren over the age of 12 are encouraged to get vaccinated, but they are not obliged. However, this does not apply to those who participate in extracurricular activities with an “increased risk” of infection. To ensure the safety of children under 12 years of age, regular testing for coronavirus will be carried out. Teachers and their wards in schools are supposed to wear masks and maintain a social distance, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.