How vaccine mandates have been used in schools, military, COVID-19 | Just the FAQs

Vaccine mandates have been around in the U.S. since 1777. Here’s how much power states have to enact mandates and the history of those controversies. RELATED:

As a fourth wave of the coronavirus surges, Americans by a wide margin say protecting the common good is more important than ensuring personal liberty when considering whether to require people to get a COVID-19 vaccination or wear a protective mask.

An overwhelming 72%-28% of those surveyed by USA TODAY and Ipsos called mask mandates “a matter of health and safety,” not an infringement on personal liberty. By 61%-39%, they endorsed requiring vaccinations except for those with a medical or religious exemption.

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