Back in January, a Slate writer explains the “agony” of parents with children under 5 who couldn’t get vaccinated yet. When she saw on the news that the Moderna vaccine trial for kids under 5 was being extended and delayed, she felt like she’d been punched in the chest. Fortunately, a vaccine has been approved for use on kids ages 6 months to 4 years old. The thing is, a lot of parents are opting out. While clowns like Eric Feigl-Ding are trying to scare parents about monkeypox and the fall semester, many parents are happy to be sending their kids back to school without masks.

In that light, CNN decided to publish a piece by Kara Alaimo, an associate professor at Hofstra University who writes about issues affecting women and social media. Alaimo shared what petrifies her about sending her kids to school this year. She writes:

As parents like me get ready to send our kids back to school this fall, we’re required to submit paperwork proving that our children are up to date on their routine childhood vaccinations. But while kids 6 months through 4 years of age finally became eligible for Covid-19 vaccines this summer, they largely aren’t required to get them in order to go to school. On top of that, most school districts are making masks optional.

This new approach, catering to those who are anti-science and anti-public health, leaves all of our children less safe. And it forces parents like me to make impossible decisions about whether to take risks with our children’s health in order to educate them and avail ourselves of the childcare we need to work.

I’m outraged that I might have to keep going through episodes like this, all because of the anti-social decisions of other parents. And I’m worried about the possibility of more severe outcomes if we keep contracting the virus. But the alternative — keeping my children out of school, denying them an education and me the childcare I need in order to work — is also unacceptable.

She notes that she and her husband “raced” to get their 1 and 3-year-old daughters vaccinated, unlike those anti-science parents.

Liberals always look to Europe for how things should be done here, except when it comes to masking and vaccinating kids.