Orlando pediatrician talks school mask mandates, vaccinations as coronavirus cases rise

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County students on Monday will be required to wear a mask for the next 60 days without the option to opt out.

The decision follows a major spike in school cases since the start of the new school year.

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Orlando pediatrician Dr. Candice Jones spoke with anchor Justin Warmoth on “The Weekly on ClickOrlando.com” about how the virus affects children.

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“I was hoping it would have been better than this, but it’s not surprising now that I went to school without a mask mandate,” Jones said. “Those layers of protection: masking, ventilation, robust testing, quarantine, hand hygiene, social distancing, working with local health departments, vaccinations for those who qualify, all those things have to be in place, so if an area is weak, the others can take over. Nothing is 100%, but these are the things that have been proven to work, and no school should work without them.”

Jones also cleared up some of the confusion surrounding the vaccine and infertility, booster shots, and when children under 12 might qualify to be vaccinated.

Watch the full interview at the top of this story.

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