In a press conference on Wednesday, Feb.3, amid the dispute between teachers’ unions and the government over the reopening of schools, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said it is not mandatory to vaccinate teachers to reopen schools safely.
The new Biden administration is now at a crossroads because, during 2020, they were strong advocates of endless quarantines, as well as closures of schools and public spaces. Some of their left-wing allies, such as the teachers’ unions, continue with the same idea. Criticism is beginning to taint the White House, claiming that the Biden administration is not exerting any pressure to reopen schools.
Solid scientific arguments never accompanied the endless quarantines but were encouraged and promoted by political movements with murky interests.
Several studies show the importance of reopening schools to protect children and young people, who in most cases have lost almost a year’s education and they have been out of contact with their peers, bringing problems of all kinds—starting with the quality of their education and the possible psychological issues associated with the confinement and the lack of contact with their peers.
However, the teachers’ unions, following their leftist political line, seek to prevent returning to the classroom and face-to-face teaching, postponing the needs of millions of children throughout the country.
In their arguments for not reopening schools, teachers speak of the alleged danger of being exposed to the CCP Virus and in many cases, demand to be vaccinated before starting. However, Walensky, during a press conference, said, “Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for the safe reopening of schools.”
She added that while a CDC advisory committee has put teachers in the “1B” category for getting vaccines (the second priority group for vaccination) “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’s comments, add to those stated last week when she assured a press conference, the “CDC continues to recommend that K-12 schools be the last place to close and the first to reopen.”
Walensky said that the data they are working on was collected from operating schools, summer camps, and other venues where children and adolescents participated and showed that they have decreased rates of symptoms and low transmissibility rates.
Accordingly, the CDC asserted, “School settings do not result in rapid spread of the virus.”
Despite scientific arguments to the contrary, teachers’ unions continue to argue that the conditions are not OK.
Of course, it is not the science that is at issue but their political interests.