The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued recommendations for schools to help protect those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Currently, the vaccine is not recommended for children under age 12.
“I am pleased with the progress of our vaccination efforts in Michigan, with 56% of Michiganders age 12 and older having received at least their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS.
“These vaccines are the reason transmission of the virus in Michigan is at the lowest point in a year. However, as the school environment brings together large groups of individuals who may not yet be vaccinated, MDHHS is issuing this guidance to help protect Michiganders of all ages.”
Key prevention strategies in schools include:
- Promoting COVID-19 vaccination for eligible staff and students
- Using masks in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control
- Social distancing, physical distancing, including cohorting children to reduce potential exposures
- COVID-19 screening, testing and contact tracing
Encouraging students and staff to stay home if sick or having COVID-19 symptoms
- Encouraging students and staff to get tested for COVID-19 if having symptoms or if they are not fully vaccinated and are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
- Conducting screening and implementing contact tracingand quarantine, collaborating with the local health department
- Promoting handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes
- Routine cleaning to help maintain healthy facilities
- Avoiding crowded or poorly ventilated indoor activities (e.g., engaging in outdoor activities when possible and increasing ventilation for indoor activities).