CNN's Jake Tapper said that he finds it "a little bit frustrating" for people to insist that schools should be open and that students should not have to utilize face masks while not recognizing that most children remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.
Tapper opined that in order to open schools in the safest manner possible, all pupils, teachers, and school workers would need to be vaccinated. The anchor prefaced his remarks by saying that his television "show has been talking about the need to open schools since the summer of 2020," and that he is "not against that."
CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said that, "You can't have it both ways. You can't not vaccinate your kids, and also want your kids to go to school completely ... unencumbered."
Many Americans have been eager for their children to return to normal in-person schooling, but some parents do not want their children to wear a face mask or receive COVID-19 vaccination.
"Nationally, more than a quarter (28.1%) of 5-11 year-olds had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose as of January 18, 2022," according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.
There are not yet any COVID-19 vaccinations available in the U.S. for kids younger than 5-years-old.
While health officials have been heavily pushing for eligible people to get vaccinated, some individuals who are fully vaccinated and received a booster shot have still tested positive for the illness.