The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently added the Covid-19 vaccine to its recommended immunization schedule for children and adolescents. The decision was made by a CDC advisory committee on vaccines, which voted unanimously in favor of the addition.
The new recommendation means that all children and adolescents aged 18 or younger should receive the Covid-19 vaccine as part of their routine immunizations. It is important to note that this does not constitute a mandate, but rather is intended to encourage people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The CDC's decision comes after months of research into the safety and efficacy of the various Covid-19 vaccines available. The panel concluded that the benefits of vaccinating children and adolescents outweighed any potential risks associated with getting vaccinated.
In addition to recommending the Covid-19 vaccine for children and adolescents, the panel also made recommendations regarding other vaccines that should be included in routine immunization schedules. These include vaccines against influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, and meningococcal disease.