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Educators may be more central drivers of Covid-19 in schools than students, CDC study finds

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A study that found teachers -- not students -- were the probable source of several school-related Covid-19 outbreaks highlights the need to maintain mask and distancing guidelines and to prioritize teachers and school staff for vaccination, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday.

(CNN)A study that found teachers -- not students -- were the probable source of several school-related Covid-19 outbreaks highlights the need to maintain mask and distancing guidelines and to prioritize teachers and school staff for vaccination, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday.

Instead, schools need to work harder to make sure teachers, staff and students wear masks properly and maintain social distancing as possible, she said.

"I'm a strong advocate of teachers receiving their vaccine, but we don't believe it's a prerequisite for schools to reopen," she said.

President Joe Biden has previously said he believes teachers should move up in vaccine priority, but White House officials have stressed they do not believe teachers must be vaccinated for schools to reopen safely.

"Even though we don't feel that every teacher needs to be vaccinated before you can open a school, that doesn't take away from the fact that we strongly support the vaccination of teachers," Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a White House briefing last week.

So far, at least 28 states and Washington, DC, have started allowing all or some teachers and school staff to receive Covid-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced a back-to-school vaccine plan last week, saying the state was now receiving substantially more Covid-19 vaccine doses and under the plan counties would receive additional vaccine shipments explicitly earmarked for K-12 teachers and staff.

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