“My hope is that science prevails and some of the misinformation that’s out there is overridden by science, and ultimately that parents want to see their kids get back to normal,” Foughty said.

The panel of doctors, which included state Field Medical Officer Dr. Joan Connell, stressed that the available COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, and eligible residents should get the jab unless they are allergic to a specific component of the vaccine.