In a decision that forces people to deal with additional unwelcome government intrusion into their life, the CDC Advisory Committee unanimously approved on Wednesday to add COVID-19 doses to the child and adolescent vaccine schedule. The announcement immediately sparked debate in the media.
The CDC was deeply offended by Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson’s account on the shot.
The CDC protested about a section of Carlson’s show where he referenced the COVID vaccine being mandatory for children to attend school, and Carlson responded on Twitter, reposting the piece, claiming they stood by what they said:
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 20, 2022
One American News Network reported on the introduction of the vaccine on the school-required vaccination lists for kids as follows:
“The move is seen as a recommendation rather than as a mandate. However, the decision leaves millions of parents worried due to reports of rising injuries and deaths caused by the vaccines.”
The CDC will also assess whether Pfizer and Moderna should be indefinitely exempt from liability for COVID-19 vaccine-related injuries.
The CDC’s initiatives are anticipated to boost the profitability of COVID vaccine producers while igniting more public discussion about vaccine mandates in America.
According to Disclose TV, the shots were advised:
JUST IN – CDC panel unanimously votes to add COVID-19 mRNA shots to the recommended childhood vaccine schedule in the United States.pic.twitter.com/D9BXgt1fqp
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 19, 2022
The CDC was defended by ABC News, which stated:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is disputing a statement made this week on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program in which he suggested that the CDC would soon decide to require children to have the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend school.
But as the CDC clarified in a rare tweet on Wednesday, correcting Carlson, who has a habit of opposing COVID vaccine policies or disseminating inaccurate information about the doses, that isn’t technically within its purview.
Twitter fact-checked his section as well and included a disclaimer at the bottom of the video.
The COVID-19 vaccine, according to Carlson, “will not be able to attend school without taking the COVID shot.”, since the CDC is “expected to” revise its list of recommended childhood vaccines at a forthcoming meeting of its advisory committee.
The CDC explained that the conference on Thursday is an annual event to review and update the list of vaccines doctors should advise their patients to get, starting with adults and working their way towards children, although the list of immunizations does not mandate what requirements schools set.
“Thursday, CDC’s independent advisory committee (ACIP) will vote on an updated childhood immunization schedule. States establish vaccine requirements for school children, not [the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices] or CDC”, the agency stated in response to Carlson’s piece.
In the end, the CDC cannot rule at the federal level whether schools must require the COVID vaccine. Local manufacturers create it.
“State laws establish vaccination requirements for school children. These laws often apply not only to children attending public schools but also to those attending private schools and day care facilities.”, the CDC notes on its website.
“All states provide medical exemptions, and some state laws also offer exemptions for religious and/or philosophical reasons,” the agency writes.
However, states will be free to start making those decisions as well if the CDC does update its list of advised immunizations to contain the COVID vaccine, which is available to anybody 6 months or older.
At a separate CDC advisory committee meeting on Wednesday, it was voted to include the COVID vaccine in the government-funded Vaccines for Children program. This program enables kids to receive a variety of recommended immunizations for free if they lack insurance or financial means.
Dr. Sara Oliver of the CDC stated at the meeting that “Equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all ages and populations remains critically important”. “This includes now, while the vaccines are being supplied by the federal government, and in the future when we one day move to a commercial program.”
More on this story on The Republic Brief:
Federal government officials have said that the current vaccine campaign, to get updated booster shots this fall and winter, could be the last vaccine campaign the government funds. The private insurance market is expected to take on more and more of the process beginning in 2023, much in the way patients go through their healthcare providers for other vaccines and treatments.
Adding the COVID vaccines to the Vaccines for Children program will “allow children that don’t have insurance to gain access to this vaccine” even after the vaccines are absorbed by the commercial market, said Dr. José Romero, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases within the CDC. CONTINUE READING…