More mixed mask messaging in NYC, as new health commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan is calling for children under 5 to be masked indefinitely while Mayor Eric Adams promises children “will be unmasked.”
“During his first press conference as commissioner, Dr. Vasan cautioned on Friday that children under 5 years old should continue wearing masks because they’re not old enough to get vaccinated. He also cited high hospital rates for young children with COVID-19,” the the New York Post reports.
“I think it’s indefinite at this point,” Vasan said. “People who have tried to predict the future in this pandemic have had egg on their face, and I’m not going to do that today.”
“As a father of a 2 1/2-year-old and two other older kids, I want to keep them as safe as possible,” he said. “I would love nothing more than to send my son to daycare without a mask. But as a scientist, and as a doctor, and an epidemiologist, I want to keep him safe.”
Just a day before Vasan’s comments, Mayor Adams was confronted by concerned parents —his response: “I got this. They will be unmasked.”
“However, Adams spokeswoman Kate Smart said Saturday — in a bid to ‘clarify’ his remarks — that Adams supports keeping the masks on youngsters until the health experts say it’s safe to take them off,” the Post added.
“There is no difference in their positions on masks or vaccine mandates,” Smart said. “The commissioner was explaining why children should remain masked currently, but they both look forward to lifting mask requirements when it is safe to do so, and we expect to share an update very soon.”
— New York Post (@nypost) March 21, 2022