ATLANTA, Georgia (WDTN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on children on Friday, January 7.

This telebriefing began at 11 am.

Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed how we have come so far over the course of the pandemic, and how she hopes to keep students safely in in-person learning.

The CDC has updated its policies for quarantine and isolation when it comes to in-person learning, she says, and there is now a safe vaccine for children ages 5 and up.

“Vaccination is the best tool we have to protect out children from COVID-19,” she said.

Unfortunately, she said hospitalizations for children under 5 who are unable to be vaccinated are rising.

She also mentioned that research is constantly changing as more and more variants throw curveballs over time.

“As the virus changes, the science changes,” she said. “And through it all, the scientists across the CDC have worked every day to stay current in our recommendations.”

The briefing was streamed live here at

To read a transcript of the briefing after the event has ended, visit the CDC website here.