As I had written in another piece a CDC advisory panel had first made the recommendations last October to include the Covid-19 vaccine to the routine vaccination for children since according to the same panel the coronavirus is not going away and so it makes sense to recommend that children get vaccinated.
Fast forward to February and “COVID-19 vaccines are now included among the routine shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children adolescents and adults.”
“The 2023 list includes shots for the flu measles mumps and rubella polio and other inoculations.”
The vaccine schedule reflects the most recent recommendations for people as part of their routine vaccinations against common infectious diseases. It does not imply that the CDC will require a COVID-19 shot for children or that schools will have to require the shot before enrolling students. This is because the CDC lacks the authority to mandate vaccines and decisions in America is left to states and local governments. For example the flu vaccine has long been on the list of recommended childhood immunizations but only a few states require it in public schools.
According to the new recommendations healthy children aged 6 months to 4 years old should receive two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech monovalent COVID-19 vaccine followed by a third dose of a bivalent vaccine.
Children aged 5 to 11 should receive two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine followed by a booster dose.
Children aged 12 and up should receive two doses of the Moderna Pfizer or Novavax vaccine followed by a bivalent booster shot.
But the issues are twofold: since the vaccine schedule is a valuable resource for physicians particularly pediatricians as it can help them determine when it is best to administer certain vaccines will they advise parents to give the Covid-19 clot shot to their children?
Will states and local governments add the vaccine to the routine of mandatory vaccinations given to children?
When it comes to our local scenario I would like to remind the nation that it is up to the Health Minister or Superintendent of Public Health to add any other mandatory vaccine on the immunization schedule who from time to time take it in their own hands to decide what is “good” and mandatory for your children without your consent. In June 2020 both the meningitis ACWY and meningitis B vaccines were added to the local immunization schedule for children.
So will our Health Minister or Superintendent of Public Health add the Covid-19 clot shot to the mandatory vaccination schedule for your children without your consent?