Nation-states – Creative Room 4 Talk Sun, 09 Jan 2022 19:12:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nation-states – Creative Room 4 Talk 32 32 Most states are reluctant to force COVID injections on children Sun, 09 Jan 2022 18:24:20 +0000

Each state requires children to receive a series of vaccines before enrolling in school. Typically, these inoculations are intended for protection against polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, measles, rubella, mumps, tetanus, meningitis and chickenpox.

Even though COVID-19 has claimed an estimated 830,000 lives in the United States, including fewer than 700 children, only two states – California and Louisiana – have added COVID-19 vaccines to the list of mandatory vaccinations for schoolchildren. Both requirements would be enforced next school year, and only if the vaccines receive full clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has granted emergency clearance and has affirmed that the vaccines are safe and effective for children.

The virus is much less deadly for children than for adults, and federal regulators continue to review vaccines for most school-aged children, although final approval is likely to come. There are also bureaucratic complications: Children usually receive the other required vaccines before entering kindergarten and do not need additional doses, while at this point several doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are required to obtain immunity.