Federal health officials are encouraging young people aged 12 and over who are heading to camps this summer to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as soon as possible. It said on Friday that camps where all staff and camps are vaccinated could reduce several restrictions on Covid, including masks. and return to full use Unvaccinated children can go without a mask most of the time when outside. Because the risk of spreading the virus outside the home is low.
“For camps where everyone is fully vaccinated before the start of the camp. It is safe to return to full use. without masking and without physical spacing,” the new advisory said.
In a camp where everyone is not fully vaccinated. Mask advice for everyone has been soothing for most outdoor activities. Unless the place is crowded and requires close contact. But other defensive strategies should be maintained, including spacing. grouping young people into groups or groups that do not mix Encourage frequent hand washing Avoid crowded places and poorly ventilated indoor areas.
Recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say if campers prefer to wear masks even after they have been fully vaccinated The camp should also support their choice. Employees and camp members with weakened immune systems should talk to their providers. and observe precautions such as wearing a mask
An individual will be considered fully vaccinated by the CDC two weeks after receiving a second dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine or Pfizer-BioEntech or Moderna vaccine.
“We will start to see more and more teenagers who are fully vaccinated. in the middle of summer Therefore, it is possible for the camp to provide a fully vaccinated camp experience for children. And you can go back to the camp experience you used to be. The pandemic: no cover no spacing and all the activities you normally do.” Erin Sauber-Schatz Says CDC Task Force Leader for Critical Community and Population Intervention
She noted that 2.5 million people aged 12 to 15 received their first Pfizer vaccine in the past 18 days alone.
Each camper will have the flexibility to consider how they proceed with regards to monitoring campers’ vaccination status. And the way they run the program, not everyone is fully vaccinated, she said. They can mix vaccinated and unvaccinated shelters. or grouped separately in different normative populations, she said, or decided to “Keep the unvaccinated campers as safe as possible. They may have standard rules throughout the camp regardless of vaccination status.”
The advice for campers comes after the agency’s latest recommendation that fully vaccinated people can choose to wear a mask in most situations.
Although there is no vaccine for children under 12, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children 12 to 15 earlier this month. Younger children may be eligible for the fall vaccination.
Tom Rosenberg, president and chief executive of the American Camp Association, a non-profit organization that certifies camps. said the new guidelines were issued in time Because many camps in the southern United States will start next week
but he said “The reality is that most camps are for children aged 6 to 17, so a good percentage of children joining camps based on age alone are not vaccinated. So camps are preparing to tackle the Covid summer again with the same downgrade strategy as last year.
Federal health officials have called on the camps to Campsites are vaccinated, take other precautions, including ensuring good ventilation in indoor areas with windows open. Use fans and air filters. Practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. and frequently clean and disinfect high-touch areas.