WATCH: Getting Vaccinated For School Is Not New, Dr. Fauci Reminds Us

Anti-vaccine ideologues have tried to paint the COVID-19 vaccines as a dangerous poison, and vaccination programs as government overreach and imposition. Now some workplaces, including many healthcare facilities, are requiring their employees to get vaccinated, and propaganda about “vaccine passports” has gone into overdrive.

Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID precautions
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However, the truth is that requiring vaccines for some things, like attending school, has been a norm in the United States for quite a long time — we’re talking centuries. However, fear about vaccines, and opposition to mandates, is also not new. In this clip, Dr. Anthony Fauci tries to dispel some of this propaganda, explaining that at some point, a COVID-19 vaccine could be added to the spate of immunizations already required for school attendance, that this will likely be necessary, and reminding viewers that vaccination for school entry is already a normal part of life.

“I believe that mandating vaccines for children to appear in school is a good idea…We’ve done this for decades, requiring polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis. So this would not be something new, requiring vaccinations for children to come to school.”

In fact, NPR recently interviewed Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law, about the history of vaccine mandates in the U.S.. Gostin explained that in fact, the first U.S. vaccine mandate law was in 1809 — smallpox. Since then, there have been multiple cases where citizens claimed these laws were an overstep, and the courts disagreed. Goslin cited Supreme Court rulings in 1905 and 1922, affirming, respectively, a city mandate for vaccination against smallpox, and mandates for vaccination to enter school.

The Supreme Court has already refused to hear one challenge to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, for Indiana University, and Goslin joins others in supposing this is a sign that the court will uphold other similar mandates, but also says that he doesn’t believe the president has the power, legally, to issue a Federal mandate.

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