CDC director weighs in on whether kids should go trick-or-treating on Halloween amid the pandemic

NEW YORK (NY) - OCTOBER 31, 2019: Wonder Woman costumed child at Fort Green Park, New York City on October 31, 2020. On their website, the CDC offered alternative ways to celebrate Halloween while remaining safe. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images
Walensky stated that while I wouldn't go to a packed Halloween party, Walensky believes that it is possible to allow children to trick-or-treat in smaller groups. "I hope we can do it this year."

The head of CDC recommended that children and parents "limit the number of people" during Halloween.

Walensky stated, "I certainly hope so," when she was asked if it's safe to trick-or-treat this year. She said, "If you can be outside, absolutely."

Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated that children should be able trick-or-treat this Halloween.

Albert Bourla, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer, said that the data would soon be presented to Food and Drug Administration.

Bourla stated that it was a matter of days and not weeks in an interview with ABC's "This Week."

Bourla stated that FDA will review the data and make their decisions, then approve or deny it. "If FDA approves it, we'll be ready to manufacture this new vaccine formulation."

The dose we give to the rest of our population is one-third the dose for the vaccine that is available to children aged 5-11 years.

In the meantime, "This Week" has heard from Walensky, a CDC spokesperson, that coronavirus is not common in children who aren't at school.

Walensky stated that science has shown that the disease is transmitted from the community. Schools can prevent the disease from spreading if they have a good mitigation strategy.

The CDC chief stated that if schools don't take safety precautions, transmission will be much greater.

Walensky stated that 96% of schools remained open for the school year.

Walensky stated that "But, we also published an Arizona study that showed that areas without masks were three-and-a-half times more likely than those with masks in places."

Walensky stated that "We know how they can keep them safe." "But if we don't employ the correct mitigation strategies, they are more likely to get a disease outbreak and must be closed."