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Parents react to possible vaccine mandate in Corvallis School District

"I think it's proven to be a pretty safe vaccine and it's better for all to get it as soon as possible."

Posted: Sep 30, 2021 7:41 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- As the possibility of a vaccine mandate looms in the Corvallis School District, parents are reacting to the idea.

RELATED: CORVALLIS SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSIDERING VACCINE MANDATE FOR STUDENTS

"We've had vaccine mandates for chicken pox and small pox," said Scott Shaff, who has two children attending in-person classes in the district.

Now that they're back in the building, Shaff said he's seeing a major differencing in how they're both performing.

"It was amazing to see the change in their attitudes and everything," Shaff said.

He said he supports the district taking as many precautions as necessary to keep his children safe and in the classroom.

"I think it's proven to be a pretty safe vaccine, and it's better for all to get it as soon as possible," Shaff said.

Erika Caceres Ricca is also a parent in the Corvallis School District. Her children are not yet eligible to get vaccinated, but she still supports a mandate for students.

"I think just to have that in place, just like other diseases and disease prevention is really important," Caceres Ricca said.

She said if the Food and Drug Administration authorizes the vaccine for younger children, she would support expanding a possible requirement to younger students as well.

"If they did have the vaccine, if all the kids that were eligible for it, that would make me feel better too," Caceres Ricca said.

KEZI did not run into anyone who opposed the student vaccine mandate in Corvallis, but districts considering similar mandates around the country have been met with backlash from some community members.

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