Thursday, March 4, 2021

Kamala Harris Dodges Questions About Teachers Going Back Into Schools


Vice President Kamala Harris evaded a direct question about whether it was safe for teachers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to return to the classroom.

In an interview on Wednesday on NBC, Harris was asked about the view of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that teacher vaccinations are not a prerequisite for school reopenings.

Harris told TODAY: “Teachers should be a priority along with other frontline workers and we are going to make them a priority.”

When asked again if unvaccinated teachers were safe to return to school, Harris said: “We have to decide whether we can put in place safe measures, this is why it is so important we pass the American rescue plan.”

She then said it would be safer to get schools to reopen when they had help with “infrastructure needs” such as their ventilation systems and social distancing barriers.

When asked a third time if it was safe for teachers to return to schools, Harris suggested that such a decision would be taken on a state-by-state basis.

“We think it should be a priority and the states are making decisions about where they will be on the list of who gets vaccinated,” she said.

This is a breaking story and will be updated with more information.

Kamala Harris meets with Black mayors
Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, DC, February 10, 2021. She was evasive on whether teachers should return to schools during an interview with NBC’s “TODAY” show on February 17, 2021.
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