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Biden questions parents’ “honesty” about vaccinating students and says it is a “shared responsibility”

President Biden suggested on Wednesday that when schools reopen later this year, it is a “corporate responsibility” issue to keep parents honest about whether their children are 12 or older.

“It gets a bit tight when mom and dad are honest about whether Johnny was vaccinated or not. That will raise questions, ”said Biden. “But I think what is going to happen is that this works in a way that people in the community know.”

He indicated that communities would hold members accountable for vaccination status.

“Everyone in the community knows if Johnny was really vaccinated when he was 15 or 17 years old. It’s a community responsibility issue and I think you’ll see how it works, ”added Biden.

Biden was asked by CNN during a presidential town hall to respond to concerns from parents and educators about the imminent return to school amid an increase in COVID-19 cases while children under the age of 12 are still unable to get vaccinations. In response, Biden noted that the “vast majority” of teachers had already been vaccinated.

Biden said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would likely recommend that students under the age of 12 wear masks in school while older children adhere to public health guidelines that those who are not vaccinated also wear of masks undertake.


Biden’s remarks came as his administration continues efforts to vaccinate as many Americans as possible amid concerns about the Delta variant. A senior CDC official earlier this month described a recent surge in cases as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”.


The president said he expected children under the age of 12 to be vaccinated “soon” but declined to give a specific schedule.

“Soon in the sense that I don’t tell scientists what to do,” Biden said. “I’m not interfering. You do the exams now, the tests now, and now you make the decisions.”

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