CDC Director says Schools can Safely Reopen Without Vaccinating Teachers

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  • Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said Wednesday that teachers do not need to get a COVID-19 shot before schools can safely reopen
  • Vaccinations of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools, she added
  • However, during a press briefing Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Walensky's comments were not CDC's official guidance on school reopening
  • The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to put frontline essential workers, including teachers, next in line to receive a COVID-19 shot
  • A CDC study published last month found little evidence of the coronavirus spreading at schools in the US when precautions, including wearing masks and social distancing, were taken