A majority of parents with school-aged children support mask mandates for teachers and school staff members who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus, a poll found.
A Gallup poll published on Tuesday found that 60% of parents of kids in kindergarten through 12th grade support making face coverings required for teachers and school staff who are unvaccinated. Gallup’s poll did not ask whether people supported face masks for those who are vaccinated against the virus. When it comes to a requirement for vaccines, a majority of adults, 60%, support making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for high school students.
The percentage dips just below the majority among parents of school-aged children to 47% supporting a vaccine requirement. For middle school students, support is slightly lower, with 56% of adults and 43% of parents supporting the requirement of the coronavirus vaccine in schools. Currently, vaccines for the virus in the U.S. are only approved for use in people aged 12 years and older, and parents of kids not yet eligible for the vaccine support mask mandates in schools.
Fifty-six percent of parents of children under 12 years old support mask requirements in schools for unvaccinated students and 61% support requirements for unvaccinated teachers and staff. Gallup’s poll comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance that even people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 wear masks indoors in public or in areas with high levels of transmission of the virus.
Support for face masks, however, varies widely among those who are and are not vaccinated. Eighty-four percent of parents of students aged 12 to 18 years old who are vaccinated support face coverings for unvaccinated students compared to just 35% of parents of students who are not vaccinated.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK TIMES
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