CDC boss Walensky says schools should keep mask mandates even if kids are vaccinated
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky urged Americans not to become 'complacent'
October 22, 2021
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that schools should keep mask mandates, even if children are vaccinated.
Walensky, speaking at a White House COVID-19 team briefing, urged that even as cases decline following a surge of the highly transmissible delta variant, Americans must not become complacent ahead of the winter months.
"First, we're really encouraged as we watch the COVID-19 cases come down from this delta surge, in this very moment," Walensky said. "But, we all know that respiratory viruses … tend to thrive in winter months and colder weather. So, right now is not the time, as cases are coming down, to become complacent because we do know colder weather is ahead of us and we need to do all that we can – including vaccinating those 66 million people who have not yet been vaccinated – all we can in our prevention measures and our vaccination efforts to make sure that we don't become complacent during this period of time."