We want our youth to get vaccinated. Listen, and to those who are making policies that are preventing this, don't be the reason why schools are interrupted, why children can't go to extracurricular activities, why games are canceled. We need to do our parts as leaders. — Education Secretary Miguel Cardona
We want our youth to get vaccinated. Listen, and to those who are making policies that are preventing this, don't be the reason why schools are interrupted, why children can't go to extracurricular activities, why games are canceled. We need to do our parts as leaders. — Education Secretary Miguel Cardona
Education secretary pleads with politicians making it harder to control Covid-19 pandemic
"We want our youth to get vaccinated. Listen, and to those who are making policies that are preventing this, don't be the reason why schools are interrupted, why children can't go to extracurricular activities, why games are canceled. We need to do our parts as leaders," Cardona told CBS' John Dickerson on "Face The Nation."

His message comes days after he warned Americans to not let politicizing of mask wearing interfere with schools reopening safely and remaining open without disruption. It also comes after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, banned local school districts from imposing mask mandates. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, also a Republican, has banned public schools from requiring masks.


Florida reported 134,506 new Covid-19 cases over the past week -- more than any other 7-day period during the pandemic, according to data published Friday by the state's health department. And though the state accounts for fewer than 7% of the US population, about 1 in 5 Covid-19 cases nationwide have been reported in Florida over the past couple of weeks.

The state is also leading the nation in the number of adults and children admitted to hospitals with Covid-19, according to data published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A third of all US coronavirus cases in the previous week came from Florida and Texas, White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said in a Covid-19 briefing on Monday.

Both Abbott and DeSantis are facing criticism over the bans from public health experts, Democrats and even Republicans, including Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, who told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday "the local official should have control here."
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