The Centers for Disease Control’s vaccine advisory committee is holding a meeting tomorrow at which it appears the committee will discuss adding Covid-19 shots to the standard childhood immunization schedule.
I write “appears” because I have not confirmed this plan with the agency. But the Federal Register – the official government notice for the meetings – reports that “recommendation votes on pneumococcal, adult immunization schedule, child/adolescent immunization schedule and COVID-19 vaccines are scheduled.” [emphasis added]
Many of you have emailed suggesting the CDC’s move is part of a plan to make mRNA Covid shots a requirement for public school attendance.
Perhaps, but parents of young children have rejected the shots almost completely. Barely 2 percent of children under 5 and fewer than 1 in 3 from 5 to 11 are fully immunized; states that required them for school would lead to massive parental pushback and quite likely destroy their public education systems.
Then why make this move, which is both irrelevant and embarrassing since it throws a spotlight on the way parents have rejected the shots for kids? The real answer may be the potential liability over the shots the mRNA companies may soon face.
The federal “public health emergency” declaration now in place protects Pfizer and the other vaccine companies from being sued over any side effects from their shots. This is likely the primary reason the declaration was extended again days ago, despite the lack of ANY evidence that Covid is causing even minor stress on the medical system.
I suspect – and I want to be clear I am simply guessing – that the vaccine companies have told the Biden Administration they will not sell the shots without liability protection. Everyone involved at the companies and the White House is fully aware that a withdrawal must be avoided at all costs; they know how pulling the shots from the market would look.
But extending the emergency declaration past its new expiration in early 2023 would be absurd. Even the Biden Administration’s media water-carriers raised (a few) eyebrows at this extension.
The solution is adding the mRNA vaccines to the childhood schedule. Any vaccine on the schedule is also immunized as the broader federal vaccine injury compensation program.
Thus tomorrow’s meeting.