The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated guidance Monday, recommending children over the age of 2 should wear masks as they return to school, regardless of vaccination status.
The AAP provided recommendations for opening schools in the 2021-2022 school year and, first and foremost, “strongly” recommended all those who are eligible to get a vaccine. Currently, children under the age of 12 are not authorized to receive any of the coronavirus vaccines offered under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States. None of the vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson — have been formally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
However, AAP does not believe mitigation strategies should end there and is recommending that everyone, “regardless of vaccination status,” wear masks.
“AAP recommends universal masking because a significant portion of the student population is not yet eligible for vaccines, and masking is proven