Massachusetts Medical Society: Massachusetts Medical Society and Mass. Chapter of the AAP make push for children to get vaccinated in time for next school year

Massachusetts Medical Society and Mass. Chapter of the AAP make push for children to get vaccinated in time for next school year

A most unusual school year is coming to a close for many across the Commonwealth, and the physicians of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics wish to commend the students, parents, administrators, educators, support staff, school nurses and all who made a return to in-person learning possible and safe.

As families begin to plan summer activities for children, we strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccinations for those ages 12 and over. We recommend doing so as soon as possible, keeping in mind that individuals are not considered maximally protected until two weeks after their final dose. This timing will prove critical in preventing an increase of COVID-19 infections that could impact the chances of returning this fall to a safe and familiar learning environment.

Vaccination is a safe and effective means of reducing the spread and severity of COVID-19 which can cause children to become ill or transmit infection to unvaccinated individuals. We encourage parents and guardians to schedule a vaccination immediately and, if they or their children have concerns or questions, speak with their physician or health care provider.

-Carole E. Allen, MD, MBA, FAAP, President, Massachusetts Medical Society
-Lloyd Fisher, MD, FAAP, President, Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

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