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Should COVID-19 Vaccination Be Mandatory in Schools?: Here's What Experts Think

While several states are already considering implementing vaccine mandates in the educational setting, experts think that it’s too early to require children to get their COVID-19 shots. According to a professor at the Hastings College of Law in California, vaccine mandates are currently premature, and considering the rate of vaccine hesitancy, it would be best to introduce it three to six months later down the line. 

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COVID-19 Effect on Kids: Can They Get "Long Covid"?
A U.K. study revealed that children may show lingering and persistent symptoms even months after a COVID-19 infection. However, it also concluded that kids are less likely to be affected by “long COVID” compared to adults. From its assessment, only 4% of children and teens in the U.K. showed prevailing or recurring symptoms, the most common being loss of smell, headaches, fatigue, coughing, chest pain, and brain fog.
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British Columbia Government Mandates Expanded Health and Safety Measures for Students
At the beginning of October, the British Columbia Government announced new guidelines to foster the health and safety of students. Among them is requiring masks for students in kindergarten to Grade 3. Other health and safety guidelines in place for safe back-to-school learning include daily health checks. frequent hand washing, improved ventilation systems on campus, staggered recess and lunch breaks, managed class transitions, and staying home when sick.
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How to Keep Kids Safe From COVID-19 During Sports Season
With vaccines being available for children and adolescents ages 12 and up, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) reckons that vaccinated kids can now safely return to their respective sports. NATA provides parents with tips to keep their kids safe from COVID-19 while engaging in contact or no-contact sports.
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How to Help Children and Adolescents Understand COVID-19
Unlike adults who have a solid and informed understanding of the current global crisis, children and adolescents may not be as aware. Parents should make sure that their kids hear reliable facts and information about COVID-19 and help them understand the changes that have been happening around them. We round up some tips on how to talk to your child about COVID-19.
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