Halloween is a great time for American youngsters to go trick-or-treating, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
On CNN’s State of the Union show, Dr. Gary Wollenberg, the nation’s top viral disease expert, said trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity with a lower chance of coronavirus infection than doing it indoors (CNN).
Fauci said, “This is a time that children love. It’s a very important part of the year for children.
He added, “I think that, particularly if you’re vaccinated, you can get out there … and enjoy it.”
Even though Dr. Fauci has said families to enjoy the upcoming holiday season to the fullest, he also urged them to get fully vaccinated to add an extra degree of protection to themselves, their children, family, and community.
Last month, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that children should be allowed to trick-or-treat in small groups (CBS News).
“Absolutely. Keep the crowds to a minimum. I wouldn’t necessarily attend a crowded Halloween party, but I believe that we should be able to let our kids go trick-or-treating in small groups.” Walensky said.
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Others should be vaccinated or given a booster shot, she stressed. Pfizer’s vaccine is now approved for those aged 12 and up, and the firm has requested the Food and Drug Administration to allow it for children as young as 5 years old.
Now as reported on CBS News, Shots for younger children could begin in a few weeks.
Unfortunately, the CDC has turned down the pleas of many parents who have been left scrambling to find vaccines for their children after being forced to cancel plans due on account of cases increasing and no vaccines yet available. The CDC advised families not to gather in large groups for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other major holidays coming up this year due to concerns about risk.
The CDC, nevertheless, reports that three distinct vaccines are now accessible in the United States and that over 187 million individuals have been fully vaccinated. The CDC stated it would provide new guidance on family gatherings soon.