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CDC eases summer camp Covid guidance, says fully vaccinated teens don't need masks


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its public health guidance for summer camps Friday, saying fully vaccinated teens don’t need to wear face masks.

On Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told House lawmakers that the agency was revising its public health guidance for summer camps to account for vaccinated teens. Walensky cleared the expanded use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds two weeks ago.

The previous guidance from the CDC recommended that all kids, regardless of vaccinations, wear masks with some exceptions for certain activities like eating, drinking or swimming. It had been criticized by some public health experts and parents who say the risk of spreading Covid is low in outdoor settings and kids have a lower risk of severe illness.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.



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