Last week the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously (15-0) to recommend the addition of the Covid-19 mRNA injection to the immunization schedule for all people, including children as young as 6 months old.
It is important to clarify that the CDC has not yet officially accepted and adopted this recommendation, although with a unanimous vote of the advisory committee, it seems pretty safe to assume that this is forthcoming. But as of right now, the CDC has not yet voted to add this to the schedule as recommended by the advisory committee.
We know that the Washington State Board of Health (WASBOH) is almost certain to adopt this recommendation if the CDC does. Last spring the WASBOH Technical Advisory Group (TAG) failed to pass a mandate for the Covid-19 shot for school children by just one vote. The TAG met with strong resistance from vocal parents and citizens in Washington state. And they will meet us once again when this comes up on their agenda…as we know it will.
The WASBOH November meeting is scheduled for November 9th. The draft agenda was published today and so far, there is no agenda item to discuss the addition of Covid-19 shots for school children. We urge you to follow these meetings and the topics they add to their agenda. It is critical that, as concerned parents and citizens, we make public comments (in writing or verbal in the meeting) and that we show up to observe their meetings. They meet on zoom, so this is an easy way for us to observe – you can have it on in the background while you do other things.
We will continue to keep a close eye on this and alert you to action items. We encourage parents to be “on guard”, but not alarmed right now. But it will come, and we will fight to keep Washington PRO CHOICE – as in, pro MEDICAL choice.
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