Aubrey Matson, a 19-year-old college student, doesn’t consider herself “anti-vaccine.” But the pandemic hasn’t made her 100% in favor of them, either. She’s concerned that a fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccine could be dangerous.
“I do think that it needs to be well-researched before it is put into practice,” she told Texas Standard back in March.
Matson is “vaccine hesitant.” She knows that some people opposed to vaccines might take their skepticism too far and promote hard-line views against them. But she also believes that the majority of people – many of them parents – who question vaccine safety have good intentions.
“I don’t think any of them come from any malicious intent; I think it all comes out of the desire to protect their kids,” she said.
And in Texas, protecting kids from being forced to vaccinate has been a thorny subject. Texas is one of 15 states that allow parents to avoid vaccination requirements before enrolling their kids in school.