COVID surges among children, CDC and American Association of Pediatrics report

The information contradicts the claims of some politicians who irresponsibly claim they know better than the doctors by showing handcrafted charts and politically motivated data collected by their elected offices. The CDC and AAP statements reflect the terrifying spread of the highly contagious “Delta variant” strain of COVID. Not being doctors or medical professionals, these irresponsible politicians use old data to make their political claims and mislead the public into political debate.

Only a few agencies like School DIstrict 230 had put forth reasonable face mask policies that were surpassed by the announcement this week by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker demanding that all students wear face masks, whether or not they have the COVID vaccinations. received or not. Click here to read the Governor’s Declaration.

While the School District 230 plan was considered a reasoned and professional compromise, Gov. Pritzker surpassed that reasoned effort. But those advocating against students wearing masks are irresponsible and hope to spark a political debate that focuses on the school districts they failed miserably to control in the last election.

On July 27, 2021, the CDC announced guidelines for universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. District 230 will follow those guidelines until further notice. At that point, District 230 will fully implement the blue, yellow, orange plan referenced below. Click here to read District 230’s reasoned and sensible approach to the COVID pandemic.

School District 135 also has strong and effective policies in place to protect children from the rising COVISD pandemic. Click here to view their policies.

Click here to view D230 Opt. dr. Robert J. Nolting
explain the district’s COVIDD policy or use the widget below.
How COVID Threatens Our Children,
based on medical analysis, not politics

The age distribution of reported COVID-19 cases was provided on the websites of the health departments of 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Since the start of the pandemic, children have represented 14.3% of the total cumulative cases. In the week ending July 29, children accounted for 19.0% of reported weekly cases of COVID-19.

While the data so far shows the infections are not “serious illness”, they said the concern is that the wave of infections could head in that direction and precautions are necessary.

Last week at a circus-style press conference, a mayor of a southwestern suburb falsely claimed that children are immune to COVID and that the government should not address the health problems of school-age children.

That message also contradicts the fact that governments have guidelines for immunizations against a wide variety of potential diseases, so government interference in protecting children’s health and safety is not only common, but it’s nowhere near the standard. hysterical claims from these irresponsible politicians.

School District 230 Supt. Robert J. Nolting discusses the COVID threat to students

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all adolescents 12 years of age and older who have no contraindications to the vaccine. To see AAP Policy.

Based on data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the AAP is tracking progress in vaccinating U.S. children under the age of 18. See the link below to download the full AAP report.

Cumulative childhood vaccinations against COVID-19:

On August 4, 2021, the CDC recorded that 10.1 million U.S. children under the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:

Represents 51% of 16-17 year olds and 40% of 12-15 year olds

7.7 million of these children are fully vaccinated:

Represent 41% of 16-17 year olds and 29% of 12-15 year olds

Trends in childhood vaccinations against COVID-19 according to the AAP:

More than half a million children (511K) received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the past week:

Children who received their first dose increased each over the past three weeks. The number of weekly first dose vaccinations remains well below the 1.6 million peak at the end of May.

Childhood vaccination rates vary significantly between states.

In 4 states, more than 60% of children (12-17 years old) have received at least 1 dose, and in 9 states, 30% or less have received 1 dose.

Source: AAP analysis of data sets published by the CDC titled “Demographic Trends of People Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States” on August 4, 2021. Note: Individual state websites may contain additional or more recent information.

There are 72.8 million children under the age of 18 in the US, 22% of the population. Children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, representing 14.5% of the US population.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the CDC on December 12, 2020 in individuals over the age of 16, following an EUA from the FDA on December 11. On May 12, 2021, CDC approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in individuals ages 12-15, following the EUA of the vaccine granted by the FDA on May 11.

(Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and political columnist who writes for the Southwest News Newspaper Group in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers. He is chairman of Urban Strategies Media Relations. For more information about Ray Hanania visit or email him at

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