Position Paper: Health Experts Testify on COVID-19 Impact on Children
Position Paper Written Assignment ( THIS PAPER SHOULD BE BASED ON A PUBLIC MEETING “Health Experts Testify on COVID-19 Impact on Children” HERE IS THE LINK
A position paper is a document you could present to a legislator to seek support for an issue you endorse. Present your position on a current health-care issue in a one-page paper, following the assignment guidelines below. You can select your issue topic from newspapers, national news magazine articles, professional journals, or professional association literature.
Your position paper should:
Be quickly and easily understood.
Be succinct and clear.
Appear very professional with the legislator’s name and title on top and your name and your credentials at the bottom.
Condense essential information in one, single-spaced page, excluding the title and reference list pages.
Be written using correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, and APA format.
Clearly describe the issue that you are addressing in the opening paragraph.
Include 3–4 bullet points regarding why you are seeking the legislator’s vote, support, or opposition. Bullet points should be clear and concise but not repetitive and should reflect current literature that substantiates your position.
Summarize the implications for the nursing profession and/or patients.
Conclude with two recommendations that you wish to see happen related to your issue, such as a vote for or against, a change in policy, or the introduction of new legislation.
Use current APA Style, correct grammar, and references as appropriate.
The literature you cite must be from peer-reviewed journals and primary source information.
Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent spread of the disease in the U.S. from March 2020, a lot of children have been affected by the virus. Although most children who are infected by Covid 19 do not become as sick as adults while many of them do not show any symptoms, children have been shown to be super-spreaders of covid-19, especially when they are left to conduct activities of daily living such as attending school without any precautions being taken.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has also highlighted that children represent about 16% of all covid-19 cases in the U.S. (Delahoy, 2021). The number of cases of covid-19 in children has therefore consistently risen in the U.S., reaching a high of 24% of cases in March 2021. A small proportion of children will become severely ill with covid-19 and may require to be hospitalized or treated in an intensive care unit. According to the CDC, the cumulative hospitalizations as a result of Covid 19 in children was 49.7 per 100,000 children and adolescents between March 2020 and August 2021 (Suarez-Lopez et al., 2021).
Scholarly research has also indicated that children with health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and obesity will be at higher risk of developing severe illness as a result of covid-19 compared to healthy children (Suarez-Lopez et al., 2021). Scholarly research and has also indicated that children with metabolism conditions, genetic conditions, nervous system conditions, and congenital heart disease will also be at higher risk of serious illness once infected with covid-19. Various researchers have also highlighted the disproportionately higher rate of covid-19 among African-American and Hispanic children compared to non-Hispanic White children (Delahoy, 2021).
Considering the various effects of the covid-19 on children, it’s therefore essential for the legislative arm of the government to support various efforts by both the federal and state governments to curb the spread of covid-19. Your support of various policies related to vaccine mandates, especially in schools with therefore help significantly to increase the rates of vaccination among children and adolescents. The vaccination of children and adolescents is, therefore, important not only to prevent these populations from covid-19 but also preventing the adult population who are at higher risk of developing serious illnesses when infected and who regularly interact with children. Considering that the FDA has recently approved covid-19 vaccines for children from 5 years old, it is important for legislators to support various vaccination drives, including the vaccine mandates that are being implemented in school districts across various states.
I am seeking your support for vaccine mandates in schools because of three main reasons including:
- Scientists have clearly shown that children remain significant super-spreaders of covid-19, although they really get significantly sick.
- Research has indicated that African-American and Hispanic children are disproportionately affected by COVID.
- Leaving children unvaccinated provides a weak link in the population where the next mutation of the covid-19 can occur, leading to another wave of infections.
Implications for the Nursing Profession
The implementation of Covid 19 vaccination mandates in schools across the U.S. can therefore play a significant role in controlling the spread of covid-19 and ensuring that another wave of infection is not witnessed in the future. This can prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed, as it has already been witnessed in the past.
I would therefore recommend that legislators introduce new legislation requiring the distribution of Covid 19 vaccines to children in all schools annually until the pandemic subsides.
I would also recommend that all legislators support the vaccine mandates to ensure that a significant proportion of the population and especially children, are vaccinated.
Delahoy, M. J. (2021, September 9). Hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 Among Children. . . Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7036e2.htm
Suarez-Lopez, J. R., Cairns, M. R., Sripada, K., Quiros-Alcala, L., Mielke, H. W., Eskenazi, B., Etzel, R. A., & Kordas, K. (2021). COVID-19 and children’s health in the United States: Consideration of physical and social environments during the pandemic. Environmental Research, 197, 111160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.111160