Suitable Arizona students return to school, they will not be expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the state’s top public health official. Starting on Thursday, children aged 12 to 15 may begin receiving the vaccine. Children in Arizona will be able to receive their doses as early as 8 a.m.
Dr. Cara Christ of the Arizona Department of Health Services said, “We’re not discussing adding it as a required vaccine for school. Arizona has an administrative code that has a list of required vaccinations. We don’t require every single vaccination that’s recommended [by federal public health officials].” The state’s immunisation programme office maintains a list of vaccines prescribed by the Arizona Administrative Code for school-aged children.
Polio, tetanus, measles-mumps-rubella, chickenpox, and Hepatitis B are among the vaccines available. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made more detailed recommendations. A public health officer, Dr. Richard Carmona, claims to have precedent. He says children need some kind of vaccinations to return to schools. Parents, on the other hand, can choose not to have their children vaccinated and yet send them to kindergarten, he said.
Due of the seriousness of the pandemic, the COVID vaccine is being distributed under an emergency-use permit, which means the Federal Food and Drug Administration is approving its use until approval. Christ said, “Right now, this is still under EUA. We’re not discussing adding it.” On Wednesday afternoon, federal health officials approved the use of Pfizer vaccinations in children aged 12 to 15.