UPDATED 2:27 PM PT – Thursday, August 12, 2021
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has expressed his support for controversial vaccine mandates for U.S. schools. Cardona said on Wednesday, he would favor the measures to require teachers and school staffs to have a COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the new school year.
This comes after embattled California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) ordered forced vaccinations for school personnel within the entire state. Cardona went on to claim mass vaccination is the best way to reopen schools.
“We know they are lining up to get vaccinated. Ninety percent of the teachers across the country have gotten vaccinated. We’re proud of that,” said Cardona. “We want to keep the efforts going. We want our youth to get vaccinated.”
Cardona also said mass vaccination would allow for the lifting of face mask requirements, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending face masks for those who took the vaccine as well.
At the end of the day, we are talking about students learning in classrooms. Let’s make sure they can do so safely and without disruption. pic.twitter.com/p1vOi1J8og
— Secretary Miguel Cardona (@SecCardona) August 6, 2021