Commonwealth Policy Center

As COVID vaccines are widely available to adults and will soon become available to children, one question arises for public schools: Should students be required to receive the vaccine before they come back to class? The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky found that Kentuckians are split when it comes to the issue of mandatory vaccines for students. Though children are more likely to have milder symptoms of COVID, they can still spread the virus. The president of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has encouraged parents “to talk with your child’s pediatrician, your doctor, pharmacist or local health department to get the facts about what the vaccine means for your teen.” But in the end, when it comes to such an important decision shouldn’t parents have the final say?