Most states are wary of mandating COVID shots for kids

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Every state requires children to receive an array of vaccinations before they enroll in school. Typically, those inoculations are for protection against polio, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, rubella, mumps, tetanus, meningitis and chickenpox. Even though COVID-19 has claimed around 830,000 lives in the United States, including fewer than 700 children, only two states — California and Louisiana — have added COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations mandated for schoolchildren. Both requirements would be enforced next school year, and then only if the vaccines receive full authorization by…

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