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Back To School Message To Parents: Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

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With the first day of school just around the corner, Lane County Public Health is doubling down on their messaging to parents: Get vaccinated.

Spokesperson Jason Davis said when they track COVID-19 cases in kids under 18, most infection starts with household transmission. The scenario can play out a couple ways.

“Where we have either a sick child who is unknowingly transmitting it throughout their household. And/or we have an unvaccinated parent—we’ve seen a number of different examples where an unvaccinated parent will inadvertently infect a child," he said. "The child then goes to a day care or a child care facility and the cases spread from there.”

Davis said health officials believe the virus will spread like this during the school year. He added educational staff are working hard to limit classroom transmission. However, COVID-19 is highly infectious and the best thing parents can do is get immunized.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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