The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is set to release guidelines on how to safely reopen schools this week, reports said.
President Joe Biden has expressed that he plans to follow their guidance.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said last week that schools can safely reopen without vaccinating teachers against COVID-19. The recommendation came after a CDC research team published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association noting that there was only a “scant transmission” of coronavirus in schools.
At a COVID-19 response team press conference last Wednesday, Walensky said, “There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated. Vaccinations of teachers is not a prerequisite for safely reopening schools.”
The CDC researchers said in their JAMA article, “The preponderance of available evidence from the fall school semester has been reassuring. There has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission.”