Paediatrician backs call to delay reopening of Auckland schools

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021, 7:27AM
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Paediatrician backs call to delay reopening of Auckland schools

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 12 Oct 2021, 7:27AM

The Government's decision to delay the reopening of Auckland schools by a week, is being seen as the right call, despite some believing it will result in lost learning for some children. 

As well, all school and early learning staff who have contact with students, must be fully vaccinated by January 1, and have their first dose by November 15. 

Developmental paediatrician Dr Jin Russell told Kate Hawkesby in the current context it's the right move. 

She says if you don't get it right, there will be transmission of Covid-19 in schools, mainly between adults. 

"And that will cause small rolling small closures and the need for children to isolate from one another, so it is smart to delay it a little bit.” 

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