Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on New COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility for Children Ages 5 and Younger

JUNE 18, 2022

Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576,

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for children ages 5 and younger:

“Today, parents and families of about 20 million children in America under age five received news that their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. This is a historic milestone in our nation’s recovery from the pandemic, and it will provide so many parents and families who have been waiting for this moment with more peace of mind about keeping their children safe and healthy. The Biden-Harris administration will take a whole-of-government approach to ensuring that every parent and caregiver who wants to secure a vaccine for their child is able to do so through pediatricians, primary care doctors, and other trusted healthcare providers, including community health centers and pharmacies. These vaccines are safe and will help save lives.”

NEWEST: NJDOH Guidance Update 2_25_22 & Masking in K-12 Schools and Childcare Centers. Please click the respective images below for the Guidance document & DSH training video.











CDC COVID-19 Updated Guidance

The CDC just released new guidance messages including some for schools. To listen to the recorded 39-minute media brief from 2/25 please click here. There is also a written transcript available (you can also read our summary of the guidance by clicking here).  Sheila mentioned that she would encourage you to listen if you have time. 

Visit the CDC "What's New" webpage to read all the additional guidance posted February 28th and prior days - click here.

Tweets from the COVID-19 Real-Time Learning Network (RTLN)Visual guidance: "Antigen Test Algorithm for Community Settings"


 & A vaccine safety infographic

(Please click on the first image for more information on testing, and the images below for a larger view)

















Continued from: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest ~ Tuesday, February 15th

Resources for Long Covid (PASC - Post-Acute Sequelae SARS CoV-2 infection) 

"Click on the map below to visit the website of the PCCCs. Obviously, if you mention these centers to parents or anyone else, be sure to also mention to them that they need to check to see if their insurance coverage is accepted or ask if there is a clinical trial taking place at the facility that they can consent to.Also know that more and more PCCCs are opening across the country as we are learning more about PASC. I do not know if any specialize in PASC in children, call and ask. Surely, this will become an area of focus and we as school nurses will need to advocate for referrals to 504 or IEP teams for possible need of services based on the exhibiting symptoms and even symptoms that we cannot pinpoint otherwise (OHI - other health impaired)."





From: Bianca Aniski MEd, RN, downloaded from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest for Wednesday, February 9, 2022 & Thursday, February 10, 2022 (please click on the title to read the document):


New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Operating Childcare Programs (Updated February 8, 2022)


For the PowerPoint slides from the NJDOH K-12 Guidance Updates training of 2/1/22, please click here

21-22 School Year - NJDOH & NJDOE Guidelines Update:

  • NJDOH Federal Rapid Antigen Test Kit Distribution for K-12 Schools FAQ (1/26) - click here


  • NJDOH Mask Recommendation Infographic (1/27) - click here


  • NJDOH Understanding the 5-10 day Isolation for COVID-19  (1/31) - click here


The NJDOH DSH Team provided updates to the NJDOH K-12 school guidance document:

More information will be posted to the NJDOH CDS Education and Training page (*see link below for details).*lt6rgn*_ga*MTg2NjQyNjk2OS4xNjI5NDY5OTc4*_ga_5PWJJG6642*MTY0MjA4MDc4Ny4xMi4wLjE2NDIwODA3OTAuMA..  

*Department of Health | Communicable Disease Service | Education & Training ( 

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