The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Thursday voted unanimously to add a COVID-19 booster to the official schedule of childhood vaccines though the jabs continue to remain highly controversial and not universally accepted.
Previously, on Wednesday, the board voted to make the vaccine “more affordable for families, should they choose to vaccinate their child,” according to WFTS in Tampa, via the Vaccines for Kids program.
The 15 CDC board members are:
Lynn Bahta, RN, MPH, CPH
Beth P. Bell, MD, MPH
Oliver Brooks, MD, FAAP
Wilbur H. Chen, MD, MS, FIDSA, FACP
Sybil Cineas, MD, FAAP, FACP
Matthew F. Daley, MD
Camille N. Kotton, MD, FIDSA, FAST
James Loehr, MD, FAAFP
Grace M. Lee, MD, MPH
Sarah S. Long, MD
Veronica V. McNally, J.D.
Katherine A. Poehling, MD, MPH
Pablo J. Sanchez, M.D.
Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD
Helen Keipp Talbot, MD, MPH
The Post Millennial noted:
Speaking earlier in the morning, Dr. Patricia Wodi said that the Covid-19 vaccine has been placed as a recommendation from 6 months of age and older.
During a question period, one member of the committee raised questions over the vaccine being included on the schedule when it’s been recommended for use under an Emergency Use Authorizations, to which Wodi said they spoke with the Office of General Counsel, who said that it would be okay to add.
On Wednesday afternoon, the CDC fought back against claims that the move to place the Covid-19 vaccine on the schedule would mean that the vaccine is now required by children.
“Thursday, CDC’s independent advisory committee (ACIP) will vote on an updated childhood immunization schedule. States establish vaccine requirements for school children, not ACIP or CDC,” they wrote on Twitter.
But in fact, at least a dozen states have laws mandating the automatic adoption CDC guidelines to vaccine schedules for kids before they are allowed to attend public and, in many cases, private schools.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson explained:
The CDC is about to add the Covid vaccine to the childhood immunization schedule, which would make the vax mandatory for kids to attend school. pic.twitter.com/Ga0EJZIVbI
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 19, 2022
“More than a dozen states follow the CDC’s immunization schedule to set vaccination requirements, not suggestions, requirements for children to be educated,” Carlson note on his program. “The point is the CDC sets the standard, and then it becomes required across the country, and of course, they already know that.”
Naturally, there are going to be many states who are opposed to the addition of a COVID jab to the children’s vaccine schedule, including Florida.
“Regardless of what @CDCgov votes tomorrow on whether COVID-19 vax are added to routine child immunizations – nothing changes in FL. Thanks to @GovRonDeSantis, COVID mandates are NOT allowed in FL, NOT pushed into schools, & I continue to recommend against them for healthy kids,” Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo tweeted this week.
Regardless of what @CDCgov votes tomorrow on whether COVID-19 vax are added to routine child immunizations – nothing changes in FL.
Thanks to @GovRonDeSantis, COVID mandates are NOT allowed in FL, NOT pushed into schools, & I continue to recommend against them for healthy kids.
— Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD (@FLSurgeonGen) October 18, 2022
Gov. Ron DeSantis also addressed the CDC’s vote in a statement at a press conference following the vote: