24 September 2021 — The United States Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, has stated that he supports mandatory COVID-19 immunizations for all school-aged children.
As he toured Education schools in the Midwest on Thursday, he told Politico, “Not only do I support it, but I’m encouraging states to come up with a strategy to make sure it occurs.” “Now that [vaccines] have been cleared by the FDA, I would encourage governors who have those decisions to make them.”
He likened the COVID vaccinations’ efficacy in Education to that of the measles vaccine
“We know that vaccine eligibility for our elementary-aged children would be a huge changer,” he told U.S. News & World Report. “Not only would it allow us to keep our schools open and have fewer quarantining and closures, but it would also give parents and the community more confidence in the safety of their schools.”
Pfizer announced on Monday that clinical trials have shown that lower doses of its vaccine are safe for children as young as 5, raising the potential that the FDA would allow vaccination of younger youngsters. Other vaccines available in the United States, such as those developed by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are only for persons aged 18 and over.
Some school districts have already made COVID vaccinations mandatory for teachers and other school personnel, but few have done so for students. For pupils 12 and up attending in-person programs, the Los Angeles Unified School District authorized such a requirement on Sept. 9. The district is the country’s second-largest.
According to a Sept. 15 press release from the American Academy of Pediatricians, 54 percent of U.S. youth aged 12 to 17 have received at least one dose of vaccination and 43 percent were fully vaccinated as of last week. The percentage of people who have received at least one dosage varies by state: in 15 states, more than 60% have received at least one treatment, whereas, in nine states, less than 40% have received at least one dose.