UPDATE: The CDC's advisory committee on immunization practices today voted unanimously to approve adding COVID-19 "vaccinations" to the CDC's recommended immunization schedules for adults and children for 2023. (More details)
Today's agenda for the meeting at CDC headquarters in Atlanta shows the issue up for discussion during the morning session. Twila Brase, a registered nurse and president/co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, isn't a fan of the idea.
"The thinking here is that they are pushing for this now – particularly before the new Congress, but also because the Biden administration cannot keep the emergency going forever," Brase explains. "And once the emergency is gone, so is the emergency use authorization and the liability protections that pharmaceutical manufacturers currently have regarding the vaccine …."
"As long as I'm around and as long as I'm kicking and screaming, there will be no COVID shot mandates for your kids. That is your decision to make as a parent ….
"By and large, most parents in Florida have opted against doing these booster shots – particularly for the young kids. The surgeon general for Florida does not recommend this for young kids, for kids under 18. And basically, his reason for that is there hasn't really been any proven benefit ….
"But it's a free state – parents can make the other decision if that's what they want. The important thing is that school districts are not mandating this choice."
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Supporters of COVID shots have claimed time and again they are safe, effective at combating the spread, and help individuals who contract COVID to have less severe symptoms. Groups like CCH Freedom and Liberty Counsel, however, have spoken out against those claims. Brase has gone so far as to say that this is "a shot that children do not need" – adding: "But it will protect the manufacturers for all shots given at any age."
According to Liberty Counsel, one of several law firms going to court over COVID shot mandates, the likely vote will add the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID shots to the child and adolescent immunization schedules for children who attend public schools.
In doing so, says a Liberty Counsel press release, "the committee will transfer liability for vaccine injuries to the federal government's National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This delivers permanent legal protection to Pfizer and Moderna by allowing them to bring an FDA-approved shot to the market without facing lawsuits and bring in billions of dollars in revenues for the drug companies."
View CDC's 2022 Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule
(for ages 18 years or younger)
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