All schoolchildren in the country should return to classroom by the fall, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
“We should have predicted by September 2021 that the school should be full of staff and our children all returned to the classroom,” Federal agency director Dr. Rochelle Valensky told ABC News
Teachers, students and parents should be prepared to say goodbye to remote learning, whether their children are vaccinated or not, she said in an interview on Instagram Live.
“We were able to vaccinate teachers, we were able to test, there was a lot we could do,”; Valensky told the outlet.
Children older than 12 should be eligible for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by mid-May, pending approval by the Food and Drug Administration for that age group.
Walensky said she expects Moderna’s coronavirus shot to follow shortly, meaning there could be two vaccines approved for children 12 and older over the summer.
However, she estimates there may be no vaccination for people under 12 before the end of the year.
The comments came after Walensky announced during a White House briefing that the outbreak of the UK coronavirus strain has become the most prominent in the country.
All three vaccines are licensed in the United States – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, believed to be compatible with the B117 variant.
Walensky stressed to the ABC that the COVID-19 strains spread across the US are underscoring her goal of vaccinating the majority of the population.
“My goal is for people to want to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated,” she said.