Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moved to add the COVID shot to the recommended childhood vaccine schedule, raising questions about what the move would mean for Texas.
While governors in other states (including Florida, Oklahoma, and North Dakota) have said the COVID shot will not be required for children to attend public schools, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not yet commented.
But what do Texas teachers think of the potential mandate?
Over the weekend, Texas Scorecard surveyed more than 100,000 Texas classroom teachers, asking if they believed public school students should be required to get the COVID “jab” as recommended by the CDC.
Of the respondents, 32 percent said students should be required to have a COVID shot to enter school. Meanwhile, 42 percent said they were opposed to a COVID mandate for students, and 26 percent had no opinion.
Last week, State Rep. Brian Harrison (R–Midlothian)—who served as chief of staff of the United States Department of Health and Human Services under President Donald Trump—pointed out language on Texas’ own Health and Human Services Commission’s website that suggested the COVID vaccine could be required in Texas schools.
“Whether heading to kindergarten, junior high or college, children need all CDC-recommended vaccines,” the agency’s “Back to School” webpage had read.
Following the exposure by Harrison, THHSC removed the language from their website.