On Thursday, The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously to add COVID-19 shots to the recommended schedule of vaccines for children and adults, even after intense backlash over its Wednesday vote.
The vaccine schedule says children need to start COVID-19 mRNA shots at just 6 months old. After a brief period of comments, the panel made up of medical specialists voted unanimously on adding the vaccination to the schedule.
A spokesperson from the CDC said that 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,” said the spokesperson.
The CDC denies the fact that the new vaccination schedule is purely a recommendation, states, and public school districts 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,” tweeted Rep. Thomas Massie. “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?”
On Wednesday, the CDC panel opened up its scheduled vote for comments from the public. Dozens of thousands of criticisms flooded the CDC, the majority were in opposition to the consolidation of adding a COVID-19 vaccine to the schedule.