School board trustees are requesting public comment before they vote on a vaccination policy for all children in a local school district. Should individual rights (e.g., parents’ rights to decide whether to vaccinate their children) be compromised to control the spread of communicable diseases for the good of society?
While parents have the right to decide whether their children should get a vaccine or not, those against vaccination should be ready for repercussions. Vaccinations among children should be made mandatory across the board. Exceptions should only be made for medical conditions after verifications from doctors. However, schools need to inform parents to obtain their consent before administering these vaccines. Schools have the moral authority to ban unvaccinated children because they can lead to outbreaks of certain illnesses.