Student absences may spike due to low vaccination rates, weaker immunity

While booster authorization may help, it will be emergency use rather than full FDA authorization, and “a lot of parents will draw a hard line at, you know, if it’s not fully FDA approved, then I won’t let my kid get it,” said Andrew Noymer, a demographer and associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. While children typically have less-severe cases of COVID, “kids can be the engine of COVID transmission in the community, because they bring it back to their households. So, I don’t think just letting kids get sick in school is a better solution,” Noymer said.