Vice President Kamala Harris sidestepped questions on whether teachers should be vaccinated against the coronavirus before returning to the classroom, seeming to side with many teachers unions and buck President Biden’s own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
“Teachers should be a priority,” Harris told NBC’s Today Show on Wednesday.
In a slate of recommendations released last week, the CDC stated that teachers didn’t have to be inoculated against COVID-19 as part of creating safe classrooms for them and their students, particularly if other precautions, such as social distancing and proper ventilation, were taken.
“We think that they should be a priority,” Harris repeated Wednesday. “And the states are making decisions individually about where they will be on the list of who gets vaccinated.”
On school reopenings, Harris was asked about confusion Biden caused during Tuesday’s town hall when he dismissed a definition provided by White House press secretary Jen Psaki from her briefing room podium