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Will Schools Require Parents to Give Their Children a COVID-19 Vaccine?

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By    |   Thursday, 24 September 2020 02:56 PM

Experts fear there will be a showdown between reluctant parents and school health officials about giving children the COVID-19 vaccine once it is developed. School law attorney Brian Schwartz at the University of Illinois at Springfield said that for in-school learning to return, the COVID-19 vaccine plays a critical role in the process.

According to NBC News, Americans are not eager to get vaccinated. A recent Gallup poll in August revealed that one-third of our population would opt out, even if the vaccine were free. Another poll taken a month later found that two-thirds of Americans do not want to get the coronavirus vaccine, mainly because of suspicion that the unparalleled, fast-tracking of the drug may compromise its safety.

But once the vaccine is available, Schwartz said it is important for school districts and public health officials to educate parents on the need to vaccinate their kids so we can help build herd immunity and protect the community at large as well as other children.

As with other vaccines, according to The Hill, the Congressional Research Committee says that individual states do have the right to mandate student vaccinations, and they have already exercised that right in all 50 states, with 45 states allowing for religious exceptions, and 15 states accepting objections on moral, personal, and other grounds, according to NBC News.

Lauren S. Grossman, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, told Stat News:

“To put this scourge behind us, I believe that our nation should, for the first time ever, require all Americans — or at least schoolchildren and workers in direct-contact jobs — to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.”

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the U.S. won't get a coronavirus vaccine until summer or fall 2021. Vaccinations are considered to be one of the 10 greatest health achievements in America and have been proven to be safe despite some claims that certain vaccines, such as the one for measles, mumps, and rubella — known as the MMR vaccine — cause autism, according to NBC News.

Grossman said that with the current pandemic, a vaccine may be the only answer to ending the plague.

“In this particular case, I don’t see how we have much of a choice, to be honest,” she told NBC News. “Look at what we’re going through with schools reopening.”

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