Will COVID-19 vaccines be required in schools?

Dan Cooper, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of California-Irvine, contrasts this with something like polio, which had dramatic and visible effects during the first half of the 20th century. “Polio could cripple children and required assisted ventilation,” Copper tells Verywell. “So the idea of finding a vaccine would prevent that, when you think about the risk to benefit ratio, was very different than for COVID-19.”