June 27, 2022
CDC releases official guidance for upcoming holiday celebrations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans on Friday to celebrate upcoming holidays by taking basic safety measures against the Covid-19 pandemic that still plagues the nation."Protect those not yet eligible for vaccination such as young children by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated," the CDC noted in guidance issued…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans on Friday to celebrate upcoming holidays by taking basic safety measures against the Covid-19 pandemic that still plagues the nation.

“Protect people not eligible for vaccination, such as children under five years old, by getting yourself and others vaccinated,” said the CDC in guidance that was issued Friday afternoon ..

The latest guidance presents a less restrictive view of the holiday gatherings as two-thirds of Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccines. September proved to be the most contagious month for children ,, who returned to school without being vaccinated.

The federal government is working to approve vaccination for children 5 to 11 years old, which could come in time for many holiday gatherings.

The Biden administration has instructed governors to get child vaccinations starting in November.

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases stated earlier this week that vaccinated Americans should feel at home celebrating Halloween and other seasonal events.

Friday’s advice mirrored much that of Fauci about Halloween. He said that all Americans should be vaccinated, and that outdoor activities are safer that indoor ones.

“Holiday customs are important for children and families. According to Friday’s CDC statement, there are many ways to celebrate holiday traditions while protecting your health.

“Because many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays, the best way to minimize Covid-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible,” it said.

The initial holiday guidelines featured an image of the CDC’s ideal Thanksgiving. If indoor parties are required, the centers advised that indoor gatherings be discouraged and that air circulation with a fan is a good idea.

Earlier in the month Fauci stated that it was too early to hope for a normal holiday season :. “It’s just too soon to know. It’s important to keep those numbers down. “

He quickly reversed course.

” He said that he encouraged people to have a normal, happy Christmas, especially for those who are vaccinated. The CDC removed the initial guidance.

More than 726,000 people have died of Covid in the United States, according to a running tally by NBC News.

Vaccinations have proven to be a valuable tool in slowing the spread of Covid-19 and lessening the impact on those who are infected.

More than 188 million people in America 12 and older have been fully vaccinated, which is 56.7 percent of the total population, according to the latest figures from the CDC.

David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

Dennis Romero

contributed.

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