Kamala Harris spokesperson evasive on schools reopening

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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, Paul Adamus, 7, waits at the bus stop for the first day of school in Dallas, Ga. Amid mounting tensions about school reopening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned to release long-awaited guidance Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, on what measures are needed to get children back into the classroom during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, Paul Adamus, 7, waits at the bus stop for the first day of school in Dallas, Ga. Amid mounting tensions about school reopening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned to release long-awaited guidance Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, on what measures are needed to get children back into the classroom during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, Paul Adamus, 7, waits at the bus stop for the first day of school in Dallas, Ga. Amid mounting tensions about school reopening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released long-awaited guidance Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, on what measures are needed to get children back into the classroom during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

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UPDATED 9:21AM PT – Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Biden administration has been sending mixed signals when it comes to its school reopening plans.

On Wednesday, CNN anchor John Berman tried to get a straight answer on the matter from Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Kamala Harris, to no avail. At one point Berman pointedly called attention to Sanders’ evasiveness by stating, ‘it’s not a trick question, I just want to know what the White House position is.”

Then in another interview with MSNBC, Sanders admitted teacher vaccinations are not a requirement for schools to reopen.

“The president and vice president have been clear; they believe that teachers should be prioritized in states to get the vaccine just like frontline workers,” she stated. “And they also agree with the CDC guidance that it’s not a requirement for schools to reopen.”

Her comments came after the CDC said teacher vaccinations are not necessary for a return to in-person learning as long as schools follow necessary COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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