WASHINGTON — The Biden White House on Wednesday finally acknowledged that teachers don’t need to be vaccinated before returning to the classroom, falling in line with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on school reopenings.
But at a Wednesday briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly diminished President Biden’s role in both establishing federal guidelines and pressuring the nation’s powerful teachers’ unions to get their members back into classrooms.
At her daily briefing, Psaki was asked if the president believed children could not return to classrooms five days a week without teachers receiving a jab of the vaccine.
“No, neither the president nor the vice president believe that it is a requirement,” Psaki said, endorsing the new guidelines after previously dismissing them.
“The CDC guidelines included a range of mitigation steps, including vaccinations, as recommendations,” she said.
“Now, at the same time, the president and the vice president both believe that teachers should be prioritized and as you