According to the CDC, COVID-19’s death rate has increased year after year. And from 2021 to 2022, it’s become the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer.
With changes in Omicron’s impact also comes adjustments on current COVID-19 health and safety protocols. According to Fauci, the U.S. is gearing up to relax currently mandated rules and restrictions implemented to prevent Omicron’s further spread.
While several states are already considering implementing vaccine mandates in the educational setting, experts think that it’s too early to require children to get their COVID-19 shots. According to a professor at the Hastings College of Law in California, vaccine mandates are currently premature, and considering the rate of vaccine hesitancy, it would be best to introduce it three to six months later down the line.