- THE EPOCH TIMES - Feb 3, 2021 -
Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters on Wednesday that teachers don’t have to be vaccinated against the CCP virus in order for schools to safely reopen.
“I also want to be clear that there is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely,” Walensky said during a briefing by top health officials from the Biden administration on efforts to speed up vaccinations for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
Walensky said the CDC is following guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) about who should get vaccinated first. The ACIP has categorized teachers as essential workers, who stand at the 1-B level for priority of vaccination.
The ACIP is made up of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations for the safest use of vaccines by the public.
“So while we are implementing the criteria of the advisory committee and of the state and local guidances to get vaccination across these eligible communities, I would also say that vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for the safe reopening of schools,” Welensky said.
One study conducted by researchers at the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice, a school choice advocacy, policy, and research organization run out of Tulane University, found that the benefits of reopening schools for in-person learning outweighs any negative health risks.