COVID Vaccinations Approved Unanimously by CDC Panel

by Wall Street Rebel - Michael London | 10/21/2022 9:37 AM
COVID Vaccinations Approved Unanimously by CDC Panel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been blessed to include the Covid vaccine in the recommended vaccinations for children. Despite this, there is no requirement that children get the vaccination.


Thursday, the independent vaccine advisors for the CDC voted 15-0 in favor of adding the majority of the Covid-19 vaccines now available in the United States to the vaccination schedules for children, adolescents, and adults.

The changes make official the recommendations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has previously issued regarding the immunization of persons aged six months and older with Covid injections that have been approved or permitted for emergency use by the FDA. The immunization schedules, which are revised annually in the fall before being implemented the following year, compile all of the CDC's recommendations regarding vaccinations into a single document. This is done for the benefit of states that use them as a guide for school entry requirements and for physicians who are frequently pressed for time.

After an assertion made on Tuesday by Fox News's Tucker Carlson that the CDC will trigger mandates for schools, the committee's decision caused controversy and discussion on social media about what the amendments signify for vaccination requirements. Including Covid vaccinations on the schedules does not represent requirements, especially for schools. Mandates are the responsibility of individual states, cities, or jurisdictions, depending on the area's laws.

It should be noted that these are not new suggestions. According to a member of the advisory group named Matthew Daley, a senior scientist at the Institute for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, "this provides a synthesis of current suggestions." "But I would concede... there is some symbolism in adding Covid-19 to the kid vaccination schedule," the author says. "That symbolism is that we consider this as usual and that we view this as indicating that Covid is here to stay."

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two messenger-RNA vaccines targeting Covid. These vaccines are the Pfizer-BioNTech primary series vaccine, intended for people aged 12 and older, and the Moderna primary series vaccine, intended for adults aged 18 and older. They are each allowed for emergency use for infants as young as six months. This authorization extends to all booster doses, including novel formulations tailored to target the original Coronavirus strain and two Omicron subvariants.

Additionally, the FDA has approved a primary series consisting of two doses of a protein-based vaccine manufactured by Novavax for emergency use in people aged 12 and older. Additionally, the FDA has approved one booster dose to be administered to a specific population of adults.

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Experts on vaccination legislation recognize that adding Covid vaccines to the immunization schedule might persuade states that are inclined to mandate them for school admission to do so. Many states use schedules as advice for requirements, so this could have a significant impact. However, the CDC panel's recommendations do not automatically trigger requirements, and 21 states have already established legislation that bans governments from mandating that kids get the COVID vaccination.

According to the National Academy for State Health Policy, 21 states have passed legislation to prohibit the mandatory administration of the COVID vaccination to school-aged children. Students in Washington, District of Columbia, who are eligible for completely authorized Covid vaccinations, are obliged to be vaccinated by the year 2023. California has an almost similar rule; however, it won't take effect until July 2023.

As a result of the inclusion of vaccinations on the standard immunization schedule, the Affordable Care Act mandates that the majority of health care plans must pay for the delivery of the vaccines without requiring individuals to contribute any of the costs. The federal government has indicated that it will move coverage for the Covid injections to the private sector sometime in the early part of next year when pandemic response money begins to run out. However, the Covid shots remain accessible for anybody who wants them and is qualified for them.

On Wednesday, the committee also decided unanimously to include Covid-19 vaccinations in the Vaccines for Children program that the federal government runs. This change makes it possible for children whose families would not normally be able to afford the injections to get them for free. These families include those eligible for Medicaid, those uninsured or underinsured, and those who are American Indian or Alaska Native.

In the updated immunization schedules, it is noted that injury claims connected to Covid vaccines must continue to be made to the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program. This program was designed to compensate individuals who receive vaccines and other treatments that were created or used during pandemics. This program has been given thousands of claims connected to Covid vaccinations but has not yet paid any of them out. One reason for this is that federal authorities are waiting for patients to provide comprehensive data to back up their assertions.

Adding Covid vaccines to the routine childhood immunization schedule is the first step in the process of potentially getting the shots covered by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This more established program enables people who allege vaccine injuries to pursue settlements from the federal government rather than vaccine manufacturers. To qualify for coverage under the program, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would need to add COVID vaccinations to the VICP officially, and Congress would need to adopt legislation imposing excise taxes on COVID vaccine doses.

Patient groups, lawyers, and pharmaceutical companies are concerned that the program may fail if the federal court that reviews claims and the procedure through which vaccinations are introduced are not subjected to modifications.

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