Can Public Schools Require COVID Vaccination?

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and created an educational crisis across the United States. 

School systems must consider vaccination requirements and statements to address in order to hope to return to “normal”. 

COVID-19 vaccines will soon be available for ages 16 and older. With three vaccines approved for use (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) , vaccination has become a common interest.

Sources explain that “vaccination is required for illnesses that are highly contagious and have the potential for serious illness. It’s protecting the school.”

Researches compare this vaccination process to other sets such as Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP), Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B, and Chickenpox. It was also explained that students are then required to get another set of vaccines before entering the seventh grade.

Megan Collins, attorney for Welch, Donlon, & Czarples PLLC says, “I do think that we will see public institutions throughout the country start to implement requirements.”

So, the short answer is yes. Schools can and are allowed to require vaccination, but it will be a long complicated process to revert back to a pre-pandemic normal.

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