Most parents want to protect their child from harm or hardship. However, the reality is that this is a tumultuous world filled with uncertainties. The parent is faced with a constant struggle between shielding or sheltering the child from the world’s ills.
One new quandary is the new COVID vaccine requirement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC put out a notice Sept. 16, on the Federal Register regarding vaccines and immunization schedules for children. Up for consideration with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is whether or not to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for children.
On Oct. 20, the ACIP voted to recommend to include the COVID vaccine on the children’s immunization schedule.
Vaccine development usually takes 5 to 10 years to determine safety and efficacy. The COVID-19 vaccine was developed and rolled out to the world in less than two years.
Since its debut the COVID-19 vaccine has come under scrutiny by medical professionals and lay persons alike. Unlike the past, when questioning medical treatments, prescriptions, or vaccines was welcomed, questioning the COVID-19 vaccine was met with severe consequences. Doctors from Maine to Oregon have had their licenses suspended or revoked for not agreeing with the CDC guidelines in treatment of COVID. In addition, hospital staff were questioning the mandated treatment protocols from a “one size fits all” order handed down from the CDC and National Institutes of Health. Just recently, California passed AB-2098, which penalizes doctors who don’t agree with the CDC COVID guidelines.
Doctors are not alone in harassment from the COVID police. Military personnel and civilians are being fired for not getting the vaccine despite being healthy and not at risk. Companies are refusing to hire people not vaccinated, and hospitals are refusing treatment of people who are not vaccinated. We were told that if you get vaccinated, you would not contract or spread the virus. That has turned out to be not true. In fact, those who have been vaccinated and boosted still contract and spread the virus.
If getting vaccinated doesn’t protect the individual from contracting or spreading the virus, why would the CDC add this vaccine to the children’s immunization schedule?
That is a question that only further adds to the quandary of getting a child vaccinated.