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For Immediate Release
February 3, 2021

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Biden’s CDC Director Agrees with Governor Sununu That Schools Can Reopen Safely

Concord, NH – Today, following comments from President Biden’s Director for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that schools can reopen safely and that, “Vaccinations of teachers is not a prerequisite for safely reopening schools,” Governor Chris Sununu issued the following statement:

“The CDC Director’s comments are consistent with the data and studies that show that with proper safety protocols in place, schools can be open safely for in-person learning,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “I urge the Union leadership in New Hampshire that have been resistant to follow the science, to embrace the Biden Administration’s call for schools to reopen for in-person learning. The will of the students is there, the will of the parents is there, and the science is there. It’s time to get these kids back in the classroom.”

According to CNBC, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters at the White House, “There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated…Vaccinations of teachers is not a prerequisite for safely reopening schools…”

The Governor has been consistent in his calls for students to return to in-person learning, and delivered remarks at the January 21st press conference. You can watch those here.