During the November 10 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting for Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1), the board approved the COVID-19 Mitigation plan, which will include universal masking in K-12 facilities, through Friday, December 17.

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This mask requirement is an extension of the requirement already in place in all K-12 facilities. The December 17 deadline reflects the Friday that immediately precedes the scheduled Winter Break for all K-12 schools in the district.

The reason for this decision is based on recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that children ages 5-11 get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It was determined that since the two-week Winter Break starts the Monday following December 17, families that choose to vaccinate against COVID-19 will have until Monday, January  3, to have their children fully vaccinated before school resumes.

Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.