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Expert reveals the truth about kids and face masks after vaccination

Do kids need to wear face masks after they get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Assistant director Nicole Gross helps Naomi Adams with her face mask.
Assistant director Nicole Gross helps Naomi Adams, 3, with her mask during recess at Each One Teach One Family Center on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Greensburg, Pa.
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A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee said Tuesday that the FDA should give emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, per CNBC.

When will the COVID vaccine be approved for kids?

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will approve the COVID-19 vaccine for children before it can be available to youngsters, according to CBS News.

  • Next up — the CDC’s panel of vaccine advisers will likely meet on Nov. 2 and 3 to discuss the vaccine for kids.

Does your child need to wear a face mask after getting the vaccine?

Dr. Leana Wen, a professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, told CNN that children may have to wear face masks even after they get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • “There are also many parts of the country that have high community transmission. I wouldn’t expect that masks can suddenly go once vaccines for younger kids are made available. Some schools already do not require masks, and, of course, just because masks aren’t required doesn’t mean that kids have to take them off.

The CDC still recommends children wear masks in school to stop the spread of the coronavirus in school. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said that masks will become important this winter to slow the spread, too