According to the Washington Examiner, Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) just made it clear that Virginia will not be adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest COVID vaccination recommendation for children.
It appears that Youngkin is bringing some sanity back to Virginia.
But, elsewhere, the madness continues . . .
The CDC made its latest recommendation on Thursday when the CDC’s vaccine advisory committee voted unanimously in favor of adding a COVID-19 vaccine to the 2022 Child & Adolescent Immunization Schedule.
It ought to be noted that this is not a mandate. The CDC cannot require children to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. But, this doesn’t mean that the CDC’s recommendation is insignificant.
The recommendation’s significance lies in the fact that many use the CDC’s Child & Adolescent Immunization Schedule as guidance. Some states, for example, use it as guidance to create their vaccination requirements for schools.
Youngkin has now made it clear that Virginia will not be one of those states.
Virginia “will not adhere”
Youngkin made it clear in a message that he posted to Twitter on Thursday.
“COVID-19 mandates should be in our rearview mirror,” Youngkin wrote. “The decision to vaccinate a child against COVID-19 is for Virginia parents to make about what’s best for them and their family. We will not adhere to these @CDCgov mandates. In Virginia, parents matter.”
Other Republican-led states, according to the Examiner, are joining Youngkin here, including Florida and Tennessee, among others.
It doesn’t make sense
At this point, it is not that surprising that the CDC is coming out with such a recommendation. The agency, after all, has already recommended COVID vaccinations for children as young as six months old.
What the CDC continues to fail to adequately explain is it continues to recommend these COVID vaccines for young children. As empirical evidence has now made clear, the COVID vaccines don’t stop the spread of the illness and they don’t prevent the contraction of the illness. On top of this COVID appears to be nowhere near as strong as it once was, and the illness, in general, has never been a big risk for children.
Combine this with the potential side effects of a COVID vaccine, whether known or unknown, short-term or long-term, and it’s hard to understand how anyone can recommend that a child get a COVID vaccination. Yet, that’s exactly what the CDC continues to do.