October 17, 2021

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What Students Said About Vaccine Mandates, Nostalgia And Beachside Bliss

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As a Californian, the Los Angeles vaccine mandate comes as no surprise; my own school district has followed rigorous mask and social distancing policies that don’t look to be letting up soon. There is no question to me that increased practices of public health safety are crucial in tamping down the coronavirus. I worry, however, about the absence of a government-approved vaccine for many of the students who now have to abide by the vaccine mandate. I don’t think that the district’s 12-to-15-year-olds should have to choose between attending school or receiving a shot that isn’t yet officially approved.

Charlotte, Design Tech High School, CA

Having such a mandate would not only lower the risk of bringing the virus home to loved ones, but also create a more comfortable, save environment for all students. A student’s mind should be on learning, rather than what door handles not to touch. Without context, I would believe this is unfair, however, if for example the measles vaccine is required, why not in this case? School systems have had no problems with requiring other immunizations, many of which that are no longer a widespread threat to kids. This must be done urgently; this can’t go on for much longer and change is needed. It’s not just lives that are at stake, but also futures.

Jon, New York

While many argue that the decision should utterly belong to the guardians of each student, the resistance when it comes to the vaccine reflects ignorance toward the health of not only the people around the unvaccinated student, but the families that students go home to at the end of the day. I do not believe that the vaccine mandate is excessive. At the end of the day, Los Angeles is striving to keep each student and their community safe through the vaccine— an FDA approved medication.

Clare, Glenbard West High School

I agree with the decision to mandate vaccines for schools. Mandates for other, less prevalent diseases, such as chickenpox, measles, mumps and polio are commonplace in America. I see no reason why Covid-19, a dangerous and widespread virus that has killed over 600,000 Americans, should be the exception to the rule. Vaccination is a no-brainer that will help keep students and faculty safe, inhibit the spread of Covid-19, and prevent future school shut-downs (which have had a negative effect on students academically, especially low-income students and students of color).

Kaleia, VSN

For the most part, I agree, I think it’s for the best to keep students and staff safe. Requiring vaccines is not crazy because like it says in the article “‘All 50 states mandate vaccines for school attendance, such as those that protect against polio, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox.’”. These mandated vaccines prove that getting to a herd immunity works, and as always those who are anti-vaccination or don’t want to get the vaccine will find loopholes or ways to get around the mandate. So in the end I think mandating the vaccine is fine and the controversy surrounding it will slowly fade as it becomes more and more normal.

Kyle, Connecticut

As someone who is fully vaccinated, I think it is important for everyone to get the vaccine. Although, I feel it should definitely be on your own terms. If you aren’t comfortable getting the vaccine because it hasn’t been government approved for your age group, then that is understandable. However, if it has been approved for your age group, then you should highly consider getting it. The vaccine helps put you at less of a risk of getting covid and spreading covid to other people. While I think getting the vaccine is the right choice, making the vaccine mandatory for schools could potentially be forcing someone to do something to their body that they’re uncomfortable with, and that is not ok.

Krista, Valley Stream North High School

Although our country is currently struggling right now during the pandemic, I do not think it should be mandatory for students to receive the coronavirus vaccination and it should be an option. As someone who isn’t fully vaccinated yet I understand both sides of the argument. Even though a vaccine might help, no one is one hundred percent sure of the outcome yet. In the article, it states that “no coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 has received full government approval.” This is something that many parents’ are worried about when thinking about giving their child the vaccine. This is why I think that the schools should not require vaccines for students.

Brecken, Illinois

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