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Psaki says vaccinating teachers not required for return to 5-day in-person learning

White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris do not consider vaccinating teachers is a prerequisite for college students to return to the classroom 5 days per week. 

The Biden White House has been at instances unclear on faculty reopening steerage, however the Centers for Disease Control have not listed trainer vaccination as a requirement to allow college students to return to faculty in individual. During a CNN city corridor Tuesday night time, Mr. Biden mentioned teachers and help workers ought to be moved up in precedence for vaccinations, however declined to say whether or not teachers ought to be required to be vaccinated earlier than returning to the classroom. 

“I think we should be vaccinating teachers. We should move them up in the hierarchy,” Mr. Biden mentioned, although he acknowledged it is the states that decide the order of precedence in administering pictures.

A reporter within the briefing room Wednesday requested Psaki: “The vice president this morning, I believe, said it’s a priority to get vaccinations for teachers. Can you get to five days a week without vaccinations? Does the president believe teachers need to be vaccinated before they go back to school?”

“No, neither the president nor the vice president believe that that it is a requirement,” Psaki mentioned. “The CDC guidelines included a range of mitigation steps, including vaccinations, as recommendations. But the mitigation steps also included steps like social distancing, the need for smaller class sizes, the need for sanitation. So these are — this was one of several steps recommended in the CDC guidelines.”

“The president and the vice president both believe that teachers should be prioritized and, as you well know, that’s up to states to determine,” she continued. “There are federal recommendations. About half of the country, about half of the states in the country, have prioritized teachers and they both feel that’s important — including child health care workers — and they both feel that that’s something that is impacting working women and moms who are trying to go back to work and trying to make sure that their kids have the attention and childcare they need.” 

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