On October 20, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will be meeting. One of the agenda items appears to be a vote to recommend adding COVID-19 shots to the immunization schedule for children.
This is a dangerous idea that will only benefit the vaccine manufacturers at the expense of the best interests of kids and their parents. Not only do the shots have essentially no meaningfully positive impact on children’s health, the fact that the risk of severe adverse events are greater than any potential small benefit is becoming increasingly evident.
A decision by the CDC to make COVID-19 shots a routine childhood vaccination would not only ensure a steady revenue stream for manufacturers, but it would grant them continued liability protection once the public health emergency declaration ends. In addition, many entities look to the CDC recommendations when they impose mandates, increasing the likelihood that a COVID shot could be required to attend school.
These are just a few reasons it is important to speak out before the committee meets!
For more details about this issue, and references to actual data, please read the draft comments AAPS plans to submit to the committee, here, and a comment submitted by our Executive Director Jane Orient, MD, here.
We also encourage you to consider submitting your own comment to the CDC ACIP committee, using the following link to the official comment portal, by October 20:
Here is a short suggestion for what you might say, that can be copied and pasted into the comment portal at the above link: (If you have time, please feel free to put the comments in your own words or add your own ideas.)
I urge the ACIP to reject any proposal that COVID shots be recommended for routine administration to children. There is no rational reason for kids to be subject to potential vaccine mandates, often driven by CDC guidance, for diseases like COVID that pose little risk to pediatric populations, especially when the available vaccines have poor or even negative efficacy for reducing infection. In light of the fact that almost 9 out of 10 kids have a degree of existing immunity, and factoring in the risk of severe adverse reaction to the shots, that are becoming increasingly apparent, a decision to add COVID vaccines to CDC immunization schedules makes even less sense. The only entities that would benefit from such a recommendation would be the vaccine manufacturers themselves. Not only would their revenue increase, but liability protections that unfairly shield manufacturers from being held accountable for unsafe products would be made permanent. In summary, I urge the committee members to vote down recommendations that would push more children to receive COVID shots that they do not need.
Thank you for speaking out. Your voice makes a difference!