US Education Secretary Backs Mandatory Vaccine for Kids in School

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

Miguel Cardona, the U.S. secretary of education, says he supports mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all eligible children attending school.

“Not only do I support it, but I’m encouraging states to come up with a plan to make sure it happens,” he told Politico on Thursday as he toured schools in the Midwest. “I would like governors who hold those decisions to make those decisions now that are FDA-approved.”

He compared the effectiveness of the COVID vaccines to that of the measles vaccine.

“There’s a reason why we’re not talking about measles today,” Cardona said. “It was a required vaccination, and we put it behind us. So I do believe at this point, we need to be moving forward.”

Cardona on Thursday also expressed optimism that the FDA will authorize the Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11, a group that currently cannot be vaccinated.

“We know that vaccination eligibility for our elementary-aged students would be a game changer,” he said to U.S. News and World Report. “Not only would it help us keep our schools open and have less quarantining and closures, but it would also help parents breathe a lot easier and increase confidence in communities that their schools are safe.”

On Monday, Pfizer said clinical trials show its lower doses of its vaccine are safe for children as young as 5, creating the possibility the FDA will allow younger children to be vaccinated. The FDA has granted full approval of the Pfizer vaccine for people ages 16 and older and emergency use authorization for ages 12 through 15. Other vaccines available in the U.S. — those created by Moderna and Johnson and Johnson — are authorized for people 18 and up.

Some school districts are already requiring COVID vaccinations for teachers and other school workers, but not many districts have mandated the vaccines for students. On Sept. 9, the Los Angeles Unified School District approved such a requirement for students 12 and up attending in-person classes. The district is the second largest in the U.S.

As of last week, 54% of U.S. children 12-17 had gotten at least one dose of vaccine and 43% were fully vaccinated, according to a Sept. 15 news release from the American Academy of Pediatricians Rates vary from state to state: More than 60% have received at least one dose in 15 states and less than 40% in nine states.


Politico: “Education secretary backs mandatory school Covid-19 vaccines.”

U.S. News and World Report: “Cardona: Vaccinating Younger Kids a ‘Game Changer’ for Schools.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Summary of data publicly reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Note: This article have been indexed to our site. We do not claim legitimacy, ownership or copyright of any of the content above. To see the article at original source Click Here

Related Posts
Which charities does Candis Club support? thumbnail

Which charities does Candis Club support?

We are proud to be involved in the Candis Big Give, a highly inspirational fundraising initiative which has raised thousands of pounds for the health charities involved. Each charity involved chooses a vital project they wanted to see happen and the Candis Big Give helped them achieve the funds they needed.
Read More
Spanish reports assess various hazards in foods thumbnail

Spanish reports assess various hazards in foods

Insights into Bacillus cereus, Cronobacter, Campylobacter, E. coli, and tick-borne encephalitis virus in selected foods in Spain have been published. Findings come from the latest batch of reports approved by the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition’s (AESAN) Scientific Committee to be published in English. One document covers biological hazards of interest for food
Read More
How Many More Diabetes Cases Will New Screening Recs Catch? thumbnail

How Many More Diabetes Cases Will New Screening Recs Catch?

Implementing recommendations for starting prediabetes and diabetes screening at age 35 would increase eligibility by about 6 to 7 percentage points, an analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data indicated. In the study of nearly 4,500 asymptomatic adults, eligibility would increase from 36.3% to 43.0% when comparing the 2015 and 2021 recommendations…
Read More
Index Of News