Institutes aim to vaccinate students to ensure widespread immunity on campuses
Public schools in the United States have taken a different approach to encourage students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before summer vacation begins.
Schools in the US, including California and Michigan are giving away prizes, using mascots and food trucks to create an atmosphere close to a pep-rally, in order to bring back every student in classrooms as they reopen.
Some schools are offering free tickets to senior prom and several others are arranging public service announcements to encourage students.
The initiative was undertaken after the country’s government officials authorised administering Pfizer vaccine to children aged between 12 and 15.
Once schools let students out, it will become tough to inoculate enough of them to ensure widespread immunity on campus, say officials.
As many as 14% of the country’s children between the age bracket of 12 and 15 have received their first shot, said a report by US’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Schools are insisting that they also press their friends to get vaccinated.
Students are apprehensive to get vaccinated as they are unsure about its effectiveness, suggest reports.
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