CDC Director Rochelle Walensky spoke at a briefing on Wednesday in light of the coming push to get children under 11 vaccinated against COVID-19, saying that these children will still be required to wear face masks in schools.
"We will be working to scale up pediatric vaccination," Walensky said of the expected FDA approvals for children's doses of COVID-19 vaccine. "And as I just noted, as we head into these winter months, we know we cannot be complacent."
"We also know that from previous data," she went on, "that schools that have had masks in place were three and a half times less likely to have school outbreaks requiring school closure.
"So right now we are going to continue to recommend masks in all schools for all people in those schools. And we will look forward to scaling up pediatric vaccinations during this period of time."