“It is an established principle that schools can prescribe vaccinations for children. The question is whether Covid is different, “said Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, who designed the survey. “As decisions are made geographically, Republican counties and states will be very reluctant to add Covid-19 to what children need to receive.”
The results come as pediatric cases of Covid-19 increase across the country and local leaders debate whether to make shots mandatory for students. California said earlier this month that Covid-19 vaccines will be added to the state’s list of required vaccinations for school attendance, and some local counties and the state of Hawaii have begun vaccinating teen athletes, band members, and students in after-school programs demand . Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in many parts of the country have proactively banned Covid-19 vaccine mandates for school children, and some GOP lawmakers in Congress on Thursday urged Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to maintain state authority to pass vaccine mandates in K-12 schools and schools To ban colleges.
All 50 states since the early 1980s have vaccination regulations for school starters that cover vaccinations for conditions such as measles, mumps, and rubella. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 44 states and the District of Columbia allow exceptions on religious grounds and 15 allow exceptions for children whose parents object on moral or other grounds.
Covid-19 vaccines are not yet approved for children under the age of 12. On Thursday, Pfizer and BioNTech asked the FDA to approve their vaccine for children ages 5-11 On October 26th, vote on whether to recommend inclusion for children in this age group. A final FDA decision is expected soon.
The POLITICO-Harvard poll found that overall support for compulsory vaccination of public school students aged 12 and over against Covid was 54 percent, up from 50 percent in June. Those surveyed in households with children between the ages of 12 and 17 were closely divided, with 49 percent in favor and 51 percent against.
Support for vaccine mandates was also higher in black communities than whites, with 63 percent among blacks, 59 percent among Hispanics and 51 percent among whites.
“This is very important for cities when they get a lot of cooperation from minority parents,” said Blendon.
Despite intense media coverage of anti-vaccine protests, only one in twelve respondents said they were politically active on mandate, either by attending a public meeting or demonstration, or by contacting a school or other public official. The activists of the issue were almost evenly divided into supporters and opponents of the vaccine.
The survey of 1,008 randomly selected adults was carried out between September 28 and October 3.