I’ll have something to say about individual politicians and their stances on vaccines and vaccination policy later. For now, here is where I stand:
1. Vaccinations should be mandatory.
2. Any religious objections to vaccinations should be found to fail even when strict scrutiny is applied as the standard of review. The state certainly can show that vaccinations are necessary to further a compelling state interest (maintaining herd immunity), and that there are no less restrictive means to achieving that interest. This is a no-brainer.
3. State legislatures should pass legislation, if necessary, to establish liability for parents who fail to vaccinate their kids, and whose failure leads to the sickness, injury or death of others.
4. If Congress wants to get in on the act and establish penalties for failing to vaccinate, I really won’t have a problem with such a move. It would be justified by Art. I, Sec. 8, Clause 1 of the Constitution, in terms of promoting the general welfare and providing for the common defense.