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Parents getting vaccinated best way to avoid potentially difficult school year: Dr. Brent Moloughney

"If you have young children, chances are you're in that 20 to 39 age group, and that's the group that's lagging in terms of vaccine rates," says Ottawa's associate medical officer of health. 
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A fourth wave of COVID-19, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, and children under 12 not being eligible for vaccination has many parents on edge ahead of the new school year. 

"One of the challenges is that it will still be months until the vaccines are approved for kids five to 11 years old," says Dr. Brent Moloughney, Ottawa's associate medical officer of health. "The concern is that with a more transmissible variant, those who are unvaccinated, whether it's children or adults, will be more susceptible."

Dr. Moloughney says Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is concerned that COVID-19 numbers have started to rise in the city before the school year has even begun. But, he adds, it will help if parents of children who cannot be vaccinated yet get the shots, themselves. 

"Parents should be getting the vaccine to decrease the chances of the virus spreading, but if you have young children, chances are you're in that 20 to 39 age groups and that's the group that's lagging in terms of vaccine rates."

The public health doctor says its difficult to predict where Ottawa will be in the coming months, regarding vaccination rates and community transmission, but the important thing is that schools remain strict about upholding COVID-19 prevention measures to keep transmission as low as possible and to increase the chances of schools staying open.

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