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Why MMR Mandates Aren’t a Good Parallel for COVID-19 Vaccines

Grace Demars receives a COVID-19 vaccine at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, La., August 5, 2021. (Callaghan O'Hare/Reuters)

The FDA has finally given formal approval to the Pfizer vaccine, and this will likely pave the way for more widespread adoption of mandates, as there was more legal gray area about mandating vaccines that were only authorized for emergency use. The news comes as New York City announced vaccine requirements for all public school teachers and staff. As the debate over mandating vaccines has come up, one analogy I keep hearing is to the mandates that schools have for the MMR vaccine. Mandates for MMR virtually eradicated measles, with pockets of outbreaks connected to anti-vaxxers. So that has led

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