Bans on school mask mandates in states like Texas are irresponsible and could result in more children getting sick, Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said Friday.
“To have those kinds of rules which only promote the spread of this virus — which only promote more children getting sick – is just nonsensical,” Offit told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s safe for vaccinated people to stop wearing masks in most cases, but unvaccinated people should continue to use them. Only children ages 12 years and older are currently eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in the US.
“Because you never really know who has been vaccinated or who hasn't been vaccinated when you're in a large group, it's probably just safer to wear a mask indoors,” Offit said.