Do you agree with the state’s recommendation for universal mask use in K-12 schools?

THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND announced Wednesday that it recommends universal mask wearing in schools, regardless of vaccination status. / AP FILE PHOTO/ROGELIO V. SOLIS
RHODE ISLAND on July 28 recommended universal mask wearing in schools, regardless of vaccination status. / AP FILE PHOTO/ROGELIO V. SOLIS
The state on July 28 said it is recommending universal mask use within K-12 school settings, regardless of vaccination status, when the new school year begins in September. Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s office said the recommendation for students, educators and staff aligns with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent updates on mask…

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  1. I think the school department should go back to the unvaccinated population and ask them, “Do you want to wear a mask forever?” If not, please get vaccinated and pass out information to demolish the myth about the vaccines and get their trust so more people will get vaccinated. It’s not that I am against wearing masks. (I am all for wearing masks when we had no vaccines available because we want to protect the vulnerable. But now, we have the vaccine, we just need to get people vaccinated.) If you are requiring masks for the fully vaccinated people too, so what is the incentive of getting vaccinated? Right? I think the School Department has to put more effort in getting people vaccinated and not give up on them and require “universal masking” so soon. Let people know that they don’t have to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated and help urge those around them who are not vaccinated to get vaccinated. Let them know when they get vaccinated, they are helping their community, society, the country, and the world to get rid of this coronavirus. In the United States, we have the power to end the pandemic, get vaccinated and that’s how. In foreign countries, like India for example, they don’t even have enough vaccines to go around. People overseas don’t have the power to end the pandemic but we do in this country. Next, our country has to ship all the unused vaccines overseas to those countries that can’t afford them because helping others is helping us. This way, it will not give a chance for the virus to mutate and continue to spread. I think at a certain point, if people in this country is still hesitant in getting the vaccine, we have to ship the unused vaccine overseas, we are fighting against the clock. The more time we give to this virus, the more chance it can mutate. I am hoping that our government leaders will make wise decisions. We have the virus to fight and time is of the essence. Don’t just think of our country, this is a global pandemic!! Think outside of ourselves, outside of our county, outside of our country. Think of the world! Remember the old adage, what comes around goes around. Be generous to the developing countries, give them our unused vaccines, and don’t give the virus a chance to mutate. Stop it and do it soon! (It was the alpha variant and now the Delta variant. What’s next? Stop this virus from mutating to the next version, get vaccinated, and ship those unused vaccines overseas!)