JCC to require COVID vaccines for children 4 and under
COVID-19Mandate begins Oct. 17

JCC to require COVID vaccines for children 4 and under

One-time proof of vaccination must be presented in person.

(Photo by CDS via Pexels)
(Photo by CDS via Pexels)

Children aged 6 months to 4 years old will have to provide a one-time proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to access the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s facilities and programs beginning on Oct. 17, according to a July 18 email to JCC members.

“As you have come to expect from the JCC, the health and safety of our members, guests, and professional staff is our top priority,” wrote Brian Schreiber, the JCC’s president and CEO, and William S. Goodman, the organization’s board chair.

“Consistent with our mission, we remain resolute in this commitment for as long as it takes our community to fully emerge from the pandemic. We are inspired by the Jewish value of pikuach nefesh (saving of a life) and our longstanding tradition that the preservation of human life takes precedence over other practices.”

On June 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that children ages 6 months to 4 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna pediatric vaccine.

“We have intentionally provided a prolonged window of time to allow adequate opportunity for all of our families to have their children vaccinated and to account for the additional two-week period following the final dose of each vaccination series in order for one to be considered ‘fully vaccinated,’” the email to JCC members continued.

Proof of vaccination must be presented in person, and can be in the form of the child’s vaccine card, a photocopy of the card, a digital version on a mobile phone or a record from the child’s healthcare provider.

“We recognize that not everyone will agree with our decision, but it has become increasingly clear that our community’s health is better served when everyone becomes vaccinated and that a large number of unvaccinated people worldwide allows for the pandemic to continue and the virus to mutate,” the email stated. “Our commitment to community frames everything we do. This decision is supported by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association.” PJC

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