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- When touring Vermont public schools this week, Bernie Sanders was asked about mandating vaccines for kids
- The junior United States senator from Vermont said it isn’t his job to make the decision.
- Pfizer is currently working on getting FDA approval of its COVID-19 vaccine for children.
While touring recently reopened schools in Rutland, Vt., Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) discussed his views on vaccinating children against COVID-19 with local outlet WCAX 3 as Pfizer solicits approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use of its vaccine for children ages 2 to 11.
Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that 45 percent of the U.S. has received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 83 percent being 65 years old or older.
When asked if COVID-19 vaccinations should be mandated for eligible children, Sanders said the choice was not his to make.
“It’s not my job to tell parents or kids to get vaccinated,” he said. “What we want to do is make sure that it is safe, and I think the evidence seems to suggest that it will be safe.”
The senator added that he does support students getting vaccinated providing that clinical data shows it is broadly safe.