With the rapid spread of the Delta variant just as children are returning to school, NewYork-Presbyterian pediatricians-in-chief Dr. Sallie Permar and Dr. Jordan Orange have issued a call to action: Put children’s health first.
In an opinion piece published in STAT, Dr. Permar, the pediatrician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Dr. Orange, pediatrician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, discuss the sacrifices children made last year to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what adults can now do to protect them. “[Take] the simple steps needed to keep kids safe: getting vaccinated and continuing to support requirements for children and adults around them to wear face masks to protect unvaccinated children,” they write.
“It’s time to stand up for children, who have been pushed aside since the response to the pandemic began. Pediatricians, parents, educators, lawmakers, and others need to protect kids’ education — and their lives — by giving them immunity and protection that will prevent disease.”
Read the full op-ed here.