The CDC will lose public trust even further if it puts the COVID vaccine on the childhood immunization schedule
Last week, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted unanimously to add the COVID vaccine and corresponding boosters to the recommended immunization schedule for anyone six months and older. The next step is for the CDC to decide whether or not to follow this advice, which it is fully expected to do. This will be yet another giant mistake by the agency.
Individual states will then choose to make vaccination mandatory for children to attend school. The CDC is not worried, however.
« The shift of COVID-19 to the recommended vaccination schedule does not impact the vaccines required for school entry, if any, » said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Local control is important. And we honor that the decision about school entry for vaccines rests where it was before, which is at the state, county, and municipal level, if she exists.
It does not make sense. Blue cities and states have used “CDC guidance” as a cover to implement the most extreme COVID measures from the start. And with Democrats controlling the White House, the administration will force as many states as possible to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for children.
We’ve had a few disastrous years of advice from our country’s politicized health agencies, and this is just the latest example. The Biden team briefed them on the decisions they would have to make.
From the CDC allowing a special interest group, the American Federation of Teachers, to develop school opening policies, to the administration forcing the Food and Drug Administration to allow recalls for young people, to Anthony Fauci, the the president’s chief medical adviser, saying Joe Biden’s spending bill had to pass before schools could open, White House politicians are driving our health care policy, and the results have been abysmal.
The World Health Organization and UNICEF reported in July that all childhood immunization rates had fallen sharply during the pandemic. Part of that is likely the result of disastrous lockdown policies that have led people to ignore routine medical care.
But I frequently hear from people rethinking their child’s entire immunization schedule in light of the CDC’s behavior on the COVID vaccine for children. These people were never “vaccine skeptics” but have been lied to about the COVID vaccine and are now questioning everything they have heard from these health agencies.
Here’s just one example: In a February article on these pages, Marty Makary, MD, MPH, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, pointed out that the CDC is outright lying and rigging data about the need for boosters. Makary wrote: “An Israeli population study in the New England Journal of Medicine compared people boosted to people not boosted with the primary vaccine series. The risk of death from COVID in unboosted people under 30 was zero – the same as in boosted people. A note for college administrators who enforce recall mandates: you cannot reduce a zero mortality risk with a recall. »
The same is true of the vaccine for children. The risk of an unvaccinated child dying from COVID is statistically nil. The vaccine simply cannot reduce it any further. So why is the CDC pushing like kids are dying en masse from COVID? The result of forcing this vaccine onto the regular schedule is that parents will view other vaccines on the schedule with suspicion.
Part of the problem, from every health official to every Democratic politician implementing their insane suggestions, is that those officials have treated the fight against COVID as if it exists in a bubble. But all of their policies, like closing schools, locking down our economy, and lying outright about vaccines, have had and will continue to have long-term repercussions.
There’s no switch we’ll flip at some point to get people to trust our health agencies again, just like we couldn’t just restart our economy or get people back to their public schools. . Instead of rebuilding broken trust, putting the COVID vaccine on the childhood immunization schedule is akin to the CDC stomping the leftover shards on the floor.