Make-A-Wish America President and CEO Richard Davis announced that the foundation will resume wish-granting involving large gatherings and air travel in the United States and federal territories for children entirely. vaccinated and their families from September 15.
Make-A-Wish had previously suspended air travel and wishes related to large gatherings following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
âWe approached this responsibility with care and diligence for the health and safety of your family,â Davis said in a video shared on Twitter Thursday, noting that the decision was made in consultation with doctors and healthcare professionals. health within the National Medical Advisory Council and then oversee public health organizations like the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Critically ill children and their families will need to be finished two weeks after finishing a single-dose or two-dose vaccine, Davis said. While Make-a-Wish will not require proof of vaccination, parents will be required to sign a form confirming that they and their children are in compliance with the policy.
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Despite the announcement, none of the available COVID-19 vaccines are currently approved for children under 12. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently approved for use in people 12 years of age and older, while the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are approved. for people 18 years of age and over.
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Following criticism on social media that the foundation’s decision excludes unvaccinated children, Make-A-Wish clarified in a statement to FOX Business that it “will not require anyone to be vaccinated to receive a wish.” .
“We understand that there are many families whose children are not yet eligible for the vaccine, and we also know that there are families who do not choose to be vaccinated. We respect everyone’s freedom of choice.” said a Make-A-Wish spokesperson. “We will continue to grant wishes for all eligible children, including children who have not been immunized.”
The spokesperson noted that he will work with unvaccinated families who do not meet current criteria for air travel and large gatherings by delaying the wish or choosing an alternative wish involving a road trip or a local event. .
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According to Make-A-Wish, more than 6,500 wishes have been granted to wish children and families, both unvaccinated and vaccinated, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
âAny child with a critical illness is eligible for Make-A-Wish,â the spokesperson continued. âWhile this does not reflect the majority of the children we serve, we occasionally serve children whose physicians have determined that the child will not survive their illness. In urgent situations involving an end-of-life diagnosis, a process is available to allow air travel or wishes involving large gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. ”
Make-A-Wish has said it looks forward to “the day when medical experts advise that we can lift all restrictions.”
âAbove all, we remain committed to our vision to make the wish of every eligible child come true,â the foundation’s statement concluded. “As we enter the first phase of our re-emergence plan, we thank you for your patience, cooperation, partnership and trust.”
More than 179 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far on Sunday, with about 63% of people 12 years of age and older receiving at least one dose and 53.9% fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.