OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Many Central Florida parents are worried about their children’s safety for the start of school.
What You Need To Know
- An expecting mother who is immunocompromised is worried about getting COVID
- She has lost two family members from the coronavirus
Nancy Batista, who is five months pregnant and immunocompromised, said she is concerned even though her 15-year-old daughter Natalie is fully vaccinated. The expecting mother is worried that she may still contract the Delta variant.
Currently, Florida school districts like Osceola County cannot enforce a mask mandate because of an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Nancy and Natalie Batista both said they were worried because they already lost two family members from the coronavirus.
“Just knowing that even when kids are not compliant in wearing the mask that scare me a lot. Definitely don’t want anyone to have to go through what we went through,” Nancy said.
“I personally would not feel safe if the person next to me did not wear a mask because I have little siblings and my cousins who have not been vaccinated and I don’t want to carry that to them,” Natalie said.
A Johns Hopkins University study found only half of fully vaccinated immunocompromised patients developed coronavirus antibodies.
In a statement, the Osceola County district said, “The Osceola County School Board has given parents the ability to decide what is right for their family regarding students wearing masks at schools. We will continue to work closely with our partners, the Osceola County Department of Health and Nemours Children's Hospital, to monitor the COVID data and implement any changes to our safety protocols as needed throughout the school year as conditions dictate."