If schools follow the science — and they are here — and implement safety measures like vaccinations, testing, masking, then children can be safe in schools, safe from Covid-19. — President Joe Biden
If schools follow the science — and they are here — and implement safety measures like vaccinations, testing, masking, then children can be safe in schools, safe from Covid-19. — President Joe Biden

Children have a four times higher chance of getting hospitalized if they live in an area where low vaccination rates rather than high vaccination rates. — President Joe Biden
Children have a four times higher chance of getting hospitalized if they live in an area where low vaccination rates rather than high vaccination rates. — President Joe Biden

Biden to GOP critics looking to challenge new vaccine requirements in court: 'Have at it'
In his remarks, Biden expressed empathy for the academic and social anxiety compounded by the pandemic in the country's classrooms.

"I want folks to know that we're going to be OK. We know what it takes to keep our children safe and we have the tools to do it," he said, reiterating his six-step plan, including provisions for schools including a vaccine requirement for all students over the age of 12.

"If schools follow the science -- and they are here -- and implement safety measures like vaccinations, testing, masking, then children can be safe in schools, safe from Covid-19. My plan does all these things," Biden said.

He stressed getting vaccinated is safe, easy and convenient, and praised Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser for her efforts to bring vaccines to schools.


The President promoted the idea of prizes and incentives for vaccinations, and promised the Brookland Middle School students in attendance that they could come visit the White House "for a special visit" when they all get vaccinated.

"I'm not sure how we're going to mechanically do it, but I assume the buses can get you to the White House and if we can't get you all in one room, we'll be out in the Rose Garden around the back there. Maybe let you fly the helicopter -- I'm only joking about that," he said.

Biden also underscored the risks of being unvaccinated.

"Children have a four times higher chance of getting hospitalized if they live in an area where low vaccination rates rather than high vaccination rates," he said.


According to a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more children went to the hospital and emergency room in states with lower vaccination rates. Recently, children's hospitals have been filling up in Covid-19 hotspots around the country as the Delta variant surges.
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