HARRISBURG – Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) urged residents to tell the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that COVID-19 vaccinations shouldn’t be included in the routine immunization schedule for children.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is experimental, at best, and may pose more risk to some children and teens than it does benefits,” Mastriano said. “Rushing to add this to the immunization schedule is not only dangerous, but could also disenfranchise millions of families if their kids are barred from school simply for refusing the vaccine.”
In September, the CDC advertised a two-day meeting and requested comments on its pending decision to recommend updating the childhood immunization schedule to include the COVID-19 vaccine. Today, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices convened to vote on this proposal – just one day ahead of the public comment period closing.
“Why is the CDC ignoring the science and rushing to recommend a vaccine that they, themselves, admit doesn’t prevent spread of the virus?” Mastriano said. “There’s enormous debate about the safety and efficacy of this vaccine, and yet, the country’s leading agency on disease prevention is tripping over itself to insist kids receive it – as if it’s as effective as immunizations to prevent polio, hepatitis or the measles.”
Medical experts and researchers have released multiple studies pointing to the ineffectiveness of the vaccine in preventing infection or transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Data from the CDC released in October notes more than 783,000 people sought care for adverse vaccine reactions, and preliminary reports suggest nearly 17,000 died.
Mastriano encourages all Pennsylvanians who object to this proposal to submit a public comment before 11:59 p.m. tonight to discourage the CDC from officially adopting this egregious policy.
CONTACT: Doug Zubeck