During a CDC advisory committee meeting on Thursday, a vote was held that would add COVID-19 vaccines to immunization schedules for children.
This led to worry among households that the COVID-19 vaccine would be required for children to attend school.
According to CNY Central, the reality is that the CDC doesn’t actually have the authority to require school vaccines. These are suggestions.
States across the U.S. get to decide whether or not schools will require vaccinations for their students.
Why do people think the COVID-19 vaccines can be required by the CDC?
Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently shared that the CDC will add the COVID-19 vaccine to the child immunization schedule. He added that this would require kids to get this vaccine before they can attend school.
Other tweets and social media posts started to take off, all suggesting that the CDC would require school age children to get vaccinated otherwise they would not be able to attend school.
In reality, the simple truth is that the CDC can not do that, they do not have that kind of power.
States are the ones who have the power to decide whether their students will be required to get the vaccine to attend school.
The CDC’s input is just a recommendation on how the U.S. should be using vaccines.
The vote that was held was only done to help issue clearer guidance regarding the vaccine and its use.
One example of this is the flu vaccine. While it is on the vaccine schedule through the CDC, the state of Virginia doesn’t require students to have it in order to attend school. Massachusetts does not require it either.
Whether your child will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine depends on what the state decides. The new 2023 immunization schedules provided by the CDC will not be released until 2023.
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