CDC Adds COVID-19 Vaccine to ‘Childhood Schedule’

( – Angering many parents across the United States, a panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved to make the COVID-19 vaccine part of the recommended childhood vaccination schedule in the United States.

National Review reported that the CDC’s advisory committee (ACIP) voted unanimously on Wednesday to add the coronavirus shot to the Health Department’s Vaccines for Children Program (VFC).

The advisory committee, which makes vaccine recommendations to the national public health authority of the United States, consists of 15 members, primarily scientists, and doctors of medicine.

The ACIP members are appointed by the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary based on a nomination process.

Before the COVID-19 vaccine could become part of America’s official child vaccination schedule, the advisory committee’s decision would have to be approved by the CDC Director, Rochelle Walenksy, and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Once those approvals are granted, the recommendation would be made part of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), a publication of public health information.

“The incorporation of the COVID-19 vaccine in the immunization schedule and the vaccines for children or VFC program is an important step in the inclusion of COVID-19 vaccines in a routine vaccination program,” said Dr. Sara Oliver, one of the CDC advisory committee members.

The vaccination and immunization schedule of the CDC is technically a guideline for states and not mandatory, meaning that some US states may decide to opt-out of it.

At the same time, however, based on the guidance, other states could decide to make the children’s COVID-19 vaccine a requirement for attending public school.

“State laws establish vaccination requirements for school children,” according to the website of the CDC.

“These laws often apply not only to children attending public schools but also to those attending private schools and daycare facilities,” the national health agency instructs.

Even before the vote of the CDC panel, officials from some Republican-led states guaranteed their residents that they would not mandate the child COVID-19 vaccine.

“Regardless of what the CDC votes on whether COVID-19 vaccines are added to routine child immunizations – nothing changes in Florida,” tweeted Florida’s Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo.

“Thanks to @GovRonDeSantis, COVID mandates are NOT allowed in FL, NOT pushed into schools, & I continue to recommend against them for healthy kids,” he added in his Twitter post.

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