Sen. Lummis: ‘No,’ Public Schools and Colleges Should Not Mandate Vaccination

By Ashlianna Kreiner | July 16, 2021 | 1:37pm EDT
Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- At the U.S. Capitol on July 15, CNS News asked Senator Cynthia Marie Lummis (R-Wyo.) if public schools and colleges should require students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Sen. Lummis responded, “No, they shouldn’t.”

CNSNews.com: “Should public schools and colleges be able to mandate that students be vaccinated for COVID-19?”

Lummis: “No, they shouldn’t.”

In preparation for the upcoming school year, colleges such as Virginia Tech and the University of Colorado have announced that they are requiring students to receive the vaccine.

In a letter posted on the university’s website, VT President Tim Sands wrote, “Vaccinations will be required for all students attending Virginia Tech in the fall, with exemptions for medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Members of the University of Colorado’s school board published a letter that says, “We have determined to require that all University of Colorado students, faculty and staff receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of fall semester 2021.”

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(Getty Images)

Concerning public schools K-12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that children under 12 “are not eligible for vaccination at this time.” The CDC also says, “People 12 years and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Schools can promote vaccinations among teachers, staff, families, and eligible students by providing information about COVID-19 vaccination, encouraging vaccine trust and confidence, and establishing supportive policies and practices that make getting vaccinated as easy and convenient as possible.”

According to the CDC, out of the 49,725 children under 17 that died in 2020-2021, only 335 involved COVID. The danger of children dying from COVID are significantly less than from pneumonia.

COVID vaccines are still not approved by the FDA, but are authorized for “emergency use” by the “FDA’s career scientists and physicians in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.”

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