CHD President Responds to CDC Officially Adding COVID Shots to the Recommended Schedule

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced its changes for the 2023 immunization schedules, including the addition of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for children ages 6 months–18 years. The updates give states an option to require the shots in order for children to attend school. However, because many states have existing laws prohibiting COVID vaccine requirements, the new CDC rule may not affect children in those states.

“Covered persons” such as COVID-19 vaccine makers are not liable for injuries or deaths under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act until the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ends liability protections for covered countermeasures, which is currently set to expire Oct. 1, 2024.

In response to the CDC’s announcement, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) President and General Counsel Mary Holland said:

“Given all that we have learned about the dangers and ineffectiveness of COVID shots over the last two years, it is horrifying to see the CDC now recommend this as a routine shot to children. Although it is unsurprising given the agency capture, it is nonetheless tragic.

“The childhood schedule is already unscientific and unjustifiable,” said Holland. “Adding this shot may well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Parents are likely to resist, finally calling the entire childhood vaccine schedule into question. That day has been long in coming, but it is now here. I believe we are now watching the beginning of the end of the reign of Big Pharma over the nation’s children.”

Read more about the changes to CDC’s routine immunization schedules.

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