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Poll: Majority of parents in US against school vaccine mandates

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

Most of parents in the United States are opposed with Covid-19 vaccination mandates at schools even after the FDA’s full approval of the existing vaccines, a new poll revealed.

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll released on Wednesday, 58 percent of parents whose children are eligible for the Covid-19 shots are against obligatory vaccination mandates at schools.

“A majority (58%) of parents of 12-17 year-olds say their child’s school should not require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and a similar share (54%) of parents of all school-age children say schools should not require vaccination even once the FDA has fully approved the use of a COVID-19 vaccine in children,” the KFF announced in a statement.

Over the past weeks, the US officials have put more pressure on the FDA to fully approve the vaccines made by the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna in the hope of increasing the inoculation rate.

The rapid spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 has pushed cases and hospitalizations in the US to a six-month high, with southern states like Arkansas saying they are nearly out of intensive care unit beds.

As the Delta variant caused new cases and deaths, and once again upended Americans' lives after a brief summer lull, the push to forcibly vaccinate those still reluctant has now gained momentum.

On Monday, the US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that he would make the vaccine mandatory for the US troops by mid-September but would act “immediately” if the existing vaccines receive full approval.

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