Central Florida pediatrician offers advice ahead of return to the classroom

In about three weeks, a large number of students from Central Florida will be back in school and face-to-face. WESH 2’s Dave McDaniel spoke to a pediatrician about how personal learning can be as safe as possible as the number of COVID-19 cases increases locally. “Get your vaccine if you’re 12 years old or older,” said Dr. Gigi Maniar. For safety, Maniar recommended vaccines for those who are eligible and wear masks in class. “Put your mask on! The American Academy of Pediatrics wants everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to wear a mask to school this year, to help prevent a COVID infection or other respiratory disease,” Maniar said. “I don’t want to risk getting it again, or giving it to other people, like my grandparents and stuff,” said McKenna Miller. Miller, a teen from Central Florida, already had COVID-19 with mild symptoms. “We felt it was the most responsible thing to do, because you hear about people, even with the vaccine, picking it up again or even carrying it and spread, so we thought it was the most proactive thing you can do,” said Jarrod Miller. Maniar emphasizes that parents shouldn’t feel like they missed the window to get their students vaccinated. “One shot is better than no shot. “It gives you a certain amount of immunity. You have to start, whether it’s a first dose right before school starts, it gets you on your way to being fully vaccinated,” Maniar said. She reminds parents that the vaccine is easy to obtain, either from your doctor or from various pharmacies. She believes that face-to-face learning is much better than learning at home. “I think it’s important to get our kids back to school this year, to help with their educational foundation. The best way we can do that is get a vaccine, wear a mask and stay safe,” said Maniar.

In about three weeks, quite a few students from Central Florida will be back in school and in personal contact.

WESH 2’s Dave McDaniel spoke to a pediatrician about how personal learning can be as safe as possible as COVID-19 cases increase locally.

“Get your vaccine if you’re 12 and older,” said Dr. Gigi Maniar.

For safety, Maniar recommended vaccines for those who are eligible and wear masks in class.

“Mask on! The American Academy of Pediatrics wants everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to wear a mask to school this year to help prevent COVID infection or other respiratory illnesses,” Maniar said.

“I don’t want to risk getting it again, or giving it to other people, like my grandparents and stuff,” McKenna Miller said.

Miller, a teenager from Central Florida, had already suffered from COVID-19 with mild symptoms. She has had her first vaccination and will be getting her second dose soon. Her father Jarrod Miller is fully vaccinated.

“We felt it was the most responsible thing to do because you hear about people even with the vaccine, pick it up again or even carry it and spread it, so we felt it was the most proactive thing to do,” he said. Jarrod. said Miller.

Maniar emphasizes that parents should not feel that they have missed their window to have their students vaccinated.

“One shot is better than no shot, it gives you a certain amount of immunity. You have to get started, whether it’s a first dose right before school starts, it will put you on the path to being fully vaccinated,” Maniar said.

She reminds parents that the vaccine is easily available from your doctor or from several pharmacies. She finds face-to-face learning much better than learning at home.

“I think it’s important to get our kids back to school this year, to help with their educational foundation, the best way we can do that is by getting a vaccine, wearing a mask and staying safe” said Maniar.

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