Biden, Harris Say Teachers Should Have ‘Priority’ Access To COVID-19 Vaccines
director Joe Biden And vice president Kamala Harris There are increasing emphasis on teachers for “priority” access to COVID-19 vaccination as a national debate on the safest way to reopen schools during an epidemic.
Earlier this month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Biden and Harris have been pressed to weigh in on the case. Vaccination of teachers is not necessary To reopen schools.
Biden said that on Tuesday A. Cnn Teachers must be elevated “up the hierarchy” to use vaccines. A teacher asked the chairman that school staff should be vaccinated before returning to class, but they did not directly respond.
“It’s about being able to socially distance, smaller classes, more safety,” Biden said, “and I think the list of favorites for teachers and people working in school to get vaccinations Should be in. “
The CDC has said that teachers should be given priority for vaccination, but has stopped saying that they are a prerequisite for reopening schools. Rukh has indicated withdrawal from some teachers.
One Internal voting Recently the American Federation of Teachers found one of the country’s leading teacher unions that it would be easy for most of its members to return to work if a number of strict security measures were taken. And 86% of teachers said that it is important to prioritize teachers and school staff to receive coronovirus vaccines and that at-risk employees should be offered flexibility to work remotely.
Harris also would not explicitly say whether it is safe for schools to educate teachers without being vaccinated when asked about Wednesday’s issue.
Harris states during an interview with NBC’s “Today” that “states are making in-person decisions about where they will be on the list of people vaccinated.” “I believe they should be the priority. The President believes that he should have priority. “
It is ultimately up to the states to decide when teachers are eligible to be vaccinated. As of February 11, at least 28 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico Some or all teachers are eligible Getting a vaccine.
For now, it appears as if the Biden administration is pressuring the matter publicly.
Harris’ top spokesman, Simone Sanders, questioned questions asked by CNN’s John Burman on Wednesday whether the Biden administration believed it was safe to reopen schools even if teachers were not vaccinated.
“It’s not a trick question, and I think you guys have treated it like it’s a trick question,” Burman said. “I think people want to know what the White House situation is.”
Sanders responded that Biden and Harris “believe that teachers should be given priority to receive vaccinations with other frontline workers.” He insisted that Biden and Harris have been “really clear” on the matter, which led to Burman’s suspicion.
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