Despite immense blowback over its vote on Wednesday, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously on Thursday to add COVID shots to its recommended schedule of vaccinations for children and adults.
The vaccine schedule now calls for children to begin Covid mRNA shots when they are 6 months old. After a brief comment period, the panel of medical specialists voted with 15 in favor and none against.
A CDC spokesperson said that regardless of how the ACIP votes, the decision does not alter official policy.
“It’s important to note that there are no changes in COVID-19 vaccine policy, and this action would simply help streamline clinical guidance for healthcare providers by including all currently licensed, authorized and routinely recommended vaccines in one document,” the spokesperson said.
While the CDC denies that the new vaccination schedule is only a recommendation, the reality is that states and public school districts around the country will take the committee’s recommended schedule and automatically adopt it.
“ACIP (committee) just voted 15:0 to add COVID jabs to 2023 childhood immunization schedule,” Rep. Thomas Massie tweeted. “This will precipitate c-19 vax mandates to attend schools and play sports in many states. Has an EUA shot with so many serious recorded side effects ever been added to this list before?”
ACIP (committee) just voted 15:0 to add COVID jabs to 2023 childhood immunization schedule.
This will precipitate c-19 vax mandates to attend schools and play sports in many states.
Has an EUA shot with so many serious recorded side effects ever been added to this list before?
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) October 20, 2022
The CDC panel on Wednesday opened up its scheduled vote for public comment and received fierce blowback. Tens of thousands of comments poured into the CDC, the great majority seemingly in direct opposition to the vote to add the Covid vaccines to the childhood schedule.
ACIP’s decision to add the Covid shots is based on hidden data and in defiance of the minute Covid risk factors for healthy children, particularly for healthy children who have natural immunity due to a prior infection. In the United States, there is near-universal antibody seroprevalence due to prior infection. The Covid shots have known adverse events. It is a scientific fact that they do not stop the spread of the virus.
As Dr. Marty Makary, a Johns Hopkins medical professor, recently said on Tucker Carlson’s show about the childhood Covid vax vote: “There has never been a vaccine added to the child immunization schedule without solid clinical evidence that reduces disease significantly in the community. The Covid vaccine in children will be the first, it will be added with no clinical data. And many of us that are saying, ‘Hey, let’s see the data.’ We’re basically told, ‘Stop asking questions’.”
The CDC panel’s vote also comes amidst the Moderna CEO admitting that Covid is now essentially “like the flu.” There are no mandatory annual childhood flu vaccinations and Covid was never more of a risk to healthy young children than the seasonal flu.
Rich Baris, aka ‘the People’s Pundit,’ one of the most accurate pollsters out there, actually polled parents with school-aged children in Summer 2021 about schools making the Covid shots mandatory.
We had asked the same Q late in Summer 2021 and got the same result: roughly 60% of parents with school-aged children opposing adding the Covid-19 vaccine to the list of required immunizations to attend school.
Parents will flip the F–k out, with good reason.
Homeschool boom. pic.twitter.com/V9nu8Vv0E9
— Rich Baris "The People's Pundit" (@Peoples_Pundit) October 19, 2022
“In Fall 2021, the pandemic was still a major concern. Yet, 60% of parents with school-aged children said they opposed adding the Covid-19 vaccination to the list of required immunizations to attend school. Given what we know now, it’s incredible this is still on the agenda,” Baris noted. “We had asked the same Q late in Summer 2021 and got the same result: roughly 60% of parents with school-aged children opposing adding the Covid-19 vaccine to the list of required immunizations to attend school. Parents will flip the F–k out, with good reason. Homeschool boom.”
The decision to add the Covid shots to the recommended children’s schedule for vaccinations is thus sure to trigger intense political blowback. It is now a major midterm elections issue that will fuel even heavier losses for the Democratic Party, particularly, in battleground states.
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