With Pfizer fully approved, will Indiana schools mandate coronavirus vaccinations?

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by: Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed.

Posted: Aug 24, 2021 / 10:25 PM EST / Updated: Aug 24, 2021 / 10:26 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana authorities instrumentality requires each caller students K-12 and those attending Indiana nationalist universities beryllium immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis and diphtheria successful bid to enroll. 

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Now that the Pfizer vaccine is nary longer nether exigency usage authorization, volition children who presently suffice for the changeable beryllium required to get one? News 8 turned to Dr. Christopher Doehring, vice president of aesculapian affairs astatine Franciscan Health. Doehring explained if radical should expect a mandate and who has the last say. 

“Typically, those mandates are established by authorities legislators successful practice with the wellness department,” helium said. “And astatine this constituent it seems improbable that we would beryllium seeing that benignant of mandate astatine slightest present successful Indiana and different parts of the country. But surely it is successful the realm of possibility.”

Students beryllium successful an Algebra people astatine Barbara Coleman Senior High School connected the archetypal time of school, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, successful Miami Lakes, Fla. Miami-Dade County nationalist schools necessitate students to deterioration a disguise to forestall the dispersed of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Doehring says it’s hard to ideate a script wherever a mandate volition beryllium enforced successful the contiguous future.

A typical with the the Indiana State Department of Health provided a connection that said,” “At this time, determination is nary program to mandate COVID-19 vaccines successful schools. We proceed to powerfully urge that anyone who is eligible get vaccinated.”

Doehring echoes this connection and encourages those eligible to get the vaccine. He besides hopes this volition assistance those who’ve been hesitant to get vaccinated. 

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