On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee on vaccines voted to approve putting the COVID-19 vaccine on the agency’s recommended immunization schedule for adults and children.
Today, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended updates to the 2023 childhood and adult immunization schedules, which includes incorporating additional information for approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccines.
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— CDC (@CDCgov) October 20, 2022
In a unanimous vote, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices decided to add the vaccine to their recommendations to physicians on what shots patients receive.
While state and local governments reserve the right to make the final decision on vaccine requirements, critics of the CDC argue that the vote will lead to schools requiring COVID-19 vaccination for children to attend public school.
Dr. Nirav Shah, an ACIP member and Director of Maine’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tried to refute this claim.
“Adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the recommended childhood immunization schedule does not constitute a requirement that any child receive the vaccine,” Shah said. “The decision around school entrance for vaccines rests where it did before, which is with the state level, the county level and at the municipal level.”
In the wake of the CDC’s vote, several state leaders announced their opposition and vowed to disregard the recommendation.
“As long as I am Governor of Missouri, I will do everything under my authority to never let the federal government mandate COVID vaccines in our schools,” wrote Gov. Mike Parson (R) on Thursday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis promised to defy the recommendation both before and after the vote.
On Tuesday, he said that “COVID mandates are NOT allowed in FL, NOT pushed into schools, & I continue to recommend against them for healthy kids.”
Following the CDC’s decision, the Florida governor addressed the issue again at a Thursday press conference.
“As long as I’m kicking and screaming, there will be no COVID shot mandates for your kids,” DeSantis said. “That is your decision to make as a parent.”