According to a report, an FDA decision could prompt schools to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 years old and older.
Since the vaccine for school-aged children is no longer an emergency use authorization product, schools may try to mandate the shots.
“The ACIP [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices] actually voted to add the COVID vaccines to the childhood schedule in October 2022,” Dr. Meryl Nass internal medicine physician and member of the Children’s Health Defense scientific advisory board said. “So states may begin adding them to their state’s vaccine schedule.”
“That could, in turn, result in public school vaccine mandates for this vaccine,” she added.
From the Defender:
The FDA on Sept. 11 fully licensed the Spikevax vaccine for the younger age group. Previously, it was licensed only for ages 18 and up.
The FDA also on Sept. 11 also amended the EUA for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to include its updated monovalent formula, for infants and children ages 6 months through 11 years, that targets the Omicron variant XBB.1.5
Moderna’s updated EUA shot is a monovalent vaccine that targets the Omnicron XBB.1.5 variant.
Some states like Georgia are moving to block such mandates.
The news comes amid a report showing that only 23% of adults plan on “definitely” getting the latest COVID vaccine most of the 23% were people over the age of 65.
The survey, conducted between September 6 thru the 13, found that 70% of Democrats will get the new vaccine compared to just 24% of Republicans.
In total, the report found that 52% of American adults will “probably” or “definitely” NOT get the new COVID-19 vaccine.
There was also a divide between precautions this fall.
Fifty-eight percent of Democrats said that they will take extra precautions like avoiding public gatherings, wearing masks, and not traveling. Only 16% of Republicans said they would take similar actions.
The study also found a somewhat scary statistic, 43% of parents and 31% of adults believe that vaccinations of kids should be left up to the parent’s decision.