The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), released a statement on Monday pushing back against Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines which say that fully vaccinated people should be allowed to go maskless.
The CDC continues to claim that 99.5 of hospitalizations are for people who weren't immunized. This means, according to them, that vaccinations work, even protecting people from the newer Delta variant.
According to ABC News, the AAP disagrees, saying:
"AAP recommends universal masking because a significant portion of the student population is not yet eligible for vaccines, and masking is proven to reduce transmission of the virus and to protect those who are not vaccinated."
"Many schools will not have a system to monitor vaccine status of students, teachers and staff, and some communities overall have low vaccination uptake where the virus may be circulating more prominently."
The CDC, however, has stated that, in some cases, schools may find mask mandates necessary, if too many students are too young to qualify for vaccines, of if there are doubts that enough people in the setting have been fully vaccinated.
Right now, "fully vaccinated" according to the CDC means that a person has had their last required dose of a vaccine two weeks or more previously.
Dr. Fauci on Monday has just gone on CNN live to agree with the AAP and stand against the CDC on this issue:
"Well, I think that's along the same lines as what we've seen with the health authorities in Los Angeles, which, in the general population, has said the same thing, that when you have had a degree of viral dynamics in the community, and you have a substantial proportion of the population that is unvaccinated, that you really want to go the extra step, the extra mile, to make sure that there is not a lot of transmission, even breakthrough infections among vaccinated individuals."
"And for that reason, you can understand why the AAP might want to do that; they just want to be extra safe."
"I think, you know, it's important, the CDC recommendations may be at variance with that. But, in every respect, the CDC always leaves open the flexibility at the part of local agencies, local enterprises, local cities and states, to make a judgement call based on the situation on the ground."
"So, I think that the AAP, they're a thoughtful group, they analyzed the situation, and if they feel that that's the way to go, I think that's the reasonable thing to do."