Trick-or-treating amid COVID-19 pandemic: CDC director weighs in

Want to participate in the Halloween celebrations this year? According to Dr. Rochelle Wackensky Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is best to celebrate outdoors and limit crowds.

” “Oh my God, I sure hope so,” Walensky said to CBS’ Face the Nation when asked if it is safe for children to trick-or treat this year. If you can go outside, yes. Although I would not necessarily attend a large Halloween party, I believe that it is possible to allow children to trick-or-treat in smaller groups. I am hopeful that we will be able this year to do so. “


Walensky’s comments come as children under 12 remain ineligible for COVID-19 vaccine, though Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Sunday the company is “days, not weeks” away from submitting trial data to the FDA in a bid to expand use among kids ages 5-11, and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb has anticipated the age group could become eligible for vaccine by Halloween. Recent findings suggested the shot was safe and effective in elementary school-aged kids at a lower dose, 10 microgram (ug) versus the 30 ug dose for individuals ages 12 and older.

“Since July, pediatric cases of COVID-19 have risen by about 240 percent in the U.S. – underscoring the public health need for vaccination,” Bourla wrote in part in a release posted on Sept. 20. “These trial results provide a strong foundation for seeking authorization of our vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, and we plan to submit them to the FDA and other regulators with urgency. “


Last year, COVID-related precautions and gathering limits resulted in canceled Halloween events across 37 states, USA Today reported, while the CDC had discouraged Americans from participating in traditional trick-or-treating and indoor costume parties. Last year, the health agency advised trick-or–treaters not to wear a mask that is similar or more than one of their virus-related masks.

“Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses,” the CDC said in a previous advisory, adding that anyone who may have COVID-19–or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19–should not partake in any in-person activities during the holiday.

Fox News’ Daniella Genovese contributed to this report.

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