Dr. Anthony Fauci is cautioning parents; kids still need to be wearing masks, even though the mask mandate has been lifted for fully vaccinated adults by the Center for Disease Control.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Fauci spoke about the importance of children continuing to wear masks.
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“Yeah, the children do when they’re out there playing with their friends and, you know, and – particularly in an indoor situation, they do,” Fauci told Tapper when asked if parents needed to keep their kids in masks. The coronavirus vaccines have not yet been approved for children under 12.
“Hopefully, the youth of any age could get vaccinated by the end of the year. Federal health officials are studying the safety of the coronavirus vaccine in children, Fauchi said.
“We want virtually everybody to get vaccinated,” he said.
According to Fauci, some state and local mask mandates will remain, as it was difficult to tell whether the majority of the population was vaccinated.
“Since you can’t completely validate that someone’s vaccinated except depending upon them telling you that, if you drop the mask mandate, then you might have an increase in infection among those who are not vaccinated,” he said.