DeSantis says parents will decide if kids should get Covid shots after CDC pushes for school requirement

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pledged to parents that the Sunshine State will not require its students to submit to the experimental COVID-19 vaccine to attend school, regardless of the CDC’s vote on Thursday to recommend the jab to all children over the age of just six months old.

“As long as I’m kicking and screaming, there will be no COVID shot mandates for your kids,” he plainly stated at a press conference for Hurricane Ian relief measures. “That is your decision to make as a parent.”

The promise was met with a round of applause for the wildly popular governor.

While it is the states and not the CDC that sets school mandates, as the agency pointed out to Tucker Carlson prior to its independent advisory committee (ACIP) vote, immunization recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are often adopted without question and turned into requirements by many states.

In response to the CDC’s complaint about Carlson’s segment on the vote, the ever-fearless Carlson stated on-air, “They’re lying, and they know they’re lying.”

“More than a dozen states follow the CDC’s immunization schedule to set vaccination requirements — not suggestions, requirements — for children to be educated,” he explained before listing examples from several states, including Virginia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, New Jersey, Vermont, and Ohio.

According to DeSantis, you can’t compare the COVID vaccine to the standard shots schoolchildren typically receive because the COVID jab is new.

“I get a kick out of it when people kind of compare it to (measles, mumps, and rubella shots) and things that have been around for decades and decades,” he said. “Parents, by and large, most parents in Florida have opted against doing these booster shots, particularly for young kids.”

“These are new shots,” the governor added, without a “proven benefit.”

And DeSantis isn’t the only one speaking out against the CDC’s unanimous vote.

“ACIP (committee) just voted 15:0 to add COVID jabs to 2023 childhood immunization schedule,” Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky tweeted. “This will precipitate c-19 vax mandates to attend schools and play sports in many states.”

“Has an EUA shot with so many serious recorded side effects ever been added to this list before?” he asked.

That it was an EUA shot that was added to the immunization schedule matters, as Massie explained to a user on Twitter who wanted to know if the agency’s recommendation would now allow Big Pharma to be sued for any damage the vaccine may cause.

“It does not,” Massie said. “CDC & ACIP took the unprecedented step of adding an EUA vax to the immunization schedule. The EUA products are still covered by the legal immunity conferred by the PREP Act.”

According to National Institutes of Health infectious disease scientist Dr. Margery Smelkinson, the writing is on the wall.

“Anyone saying this won’t lead to a mandate hasn’t been paying attention,” she stated, to which former Hill staffer Sarah Smith replied, “And even if it’s not a mandate in most states, many peds [pediatricions] don’t take or keep kids who don’t follow the schedule- regardless of state requirements.”

“So great- you can go to school,” she continued, “but good luck finding your kid a new doctor.”

A lengthy, receipt-filled thread from Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) stated, “There is NO reason to mass vaccinate children as they are at an extremely low risk for hospitalization or death from COVID.”

“It is unnecessary to mass vaccinate healthy children, especially when there are REAL concerns about the shot’s risks,” he stated later in the thread. “One of the largest myocarditis studies found that for 12+ individuals, myocarditis after vaccination is higher than the risk of myocarditis after infection.”

Still deeper into the thread, Roy asks the obvious question.

“Could $$$ be the motivator here? Likely. The Biden Administration just purchased 170 MILLION doses of the updated vaccine and will do all it can to shield big pharma from any liability as is being displayed by today’s ACIP vote,” he tweeted, adding, “Never forget these people’s lies and how we got here in the first place…”

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