President Biden urged parents to get their children vaccinated if they're eligible and said that he believes schools should remain open, despite a surge in Covid-19 cases around the country.
For parents "who still haven't gotten your kids vaccinated, please get them vaccinated. Look out for their interests here. It's the best way to protect them. And for parents with kids too young to be vaccinated, surround your kids with people who are vaccinated. And make sure you are masking in public so you don't get Covid and give it to your kids. Look, we have no reason to think, at this point, that Omicron is worse for children than previous variants," Biden said.
The President also said that he believes school should remain open and outlined efforts the administration has made, through the American Rescue Plan, to make sure buildings and transportation for students are safe.
"We know that our kids can be safe when in school, by the way. That's why I believe schools should remain open. You know, they have what they need because of the American Rescue Plan... that I signed in March, we provided the states with $130 billion – with a 'B' – billion dollars to specifically keep our students safe and schools open. Funding for ventilation, ventilation systems to the schools, social distancing classrooms, even larger classrooms. On buses and everything from bus drivers to buses, to the actual bus... in all this process, we also back then included an additional $10 billion for testing for schools. That money went out to the states," he said.
Biden added, that while most states have used the money "well," he encouraged those states still struggling to use the funding "that you still have to protect your children and keep the schools open."