The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday added COVID-19 vaccines to their recommended immunization schedule for children and adults.
The unanimous vote, which does not constitute a requirement, means the new vaccines will be added to recommendations for doctors to administer to their patients and included when they should be given.
Despite widespread fears to the contrary, several of the 15 voting members stressed that they are not mandating that anyone actually receive the vaccinations.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a vocal critic of the CDC’s guidelines and particularly concerning children, quickly vowed that there will not be requirements for kids to be jabbed in the state.
And parents along with doctors across the nation expressed their worry that adding the shots to the recommended CDC schedule will encourage governments and school boards to require them for attendance to public schools.
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
Even the pledges of CDC board members are unlikely to satisfy those who do not agree with giving new vaccines to small children.
Democrats during the pandemic proved almost daily their willingness to jump at any new mandates regardless of personal conviction.
To counter this, the National Academy of State Health Policy reported that over 20 states already banned the vaccine from being required for public school students.
Thus far, the Washington D.C. school system is the only jurisdiction in the nation to mandate vaccination for students eligible for FDA-approved jabs. Currently they have a deadline of Jan. 3, 2023, though there is the possibility of an extension.
Even California declared that shots will not be required this school term, and the earliest they would be mandatory for public school attendance is July 1, 2023.
The CDC is anticipated to approve the unanimous recommendation of the panel, but ominously, the executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Chicago’s former health commissioner declared that the agency’s action does not go far enough.
Julie Morita instead lamented that providers need “more resources” to get vaccine coverage levels to where “we want them to be.”