Smith: No data to back up Biden’s Covid shot decision for school kids

Smith: No data to back up Biden’s Covid shot decision for school kids

The CDC announced this week that it was recommending adding the Covid-19 vaccine to the 2023 childhood and adult immunization schedules.

Rep. Chris Smith (R, NJ-03) wants to see the Biden Administration’s math.

“[T]he Biden Administration has a serious obligation—that it has thus far failed to meet—to disclose all of the clinical data including clinical trials that led the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend changes to the 2023 immunization schedule to include child COVID shots that may lead to school-entry vaccination mandates,” said Smith. “With the health and well-being of their children at stake, parents deserve the absolute truth and total transparency.”

“Where are the clinical trials that justify this action? Vaccines currently on the immunization schedule are proven to prevent an illness; this does not,” the Jersey Shore congressman continued. “Parents are rightly concerned about possible side-effects of the vaccine on their children’s health.”

Smith also noted that “the health ministries in some countries including the United KingdomDenmark and Sweden are moving in the opposite direction and recommending that most children not get the vaccination due to low rates of COVID among children and deep concerns over possible serious side-effects.”

Governor Phil Murphy hasn’t announced yet whether he intends to create a mandate for school children, but his administration continues to push Covid-19 childhood vaccination notwithstanding the lack of supporting evidence cited by Smith. The CDC was careful to add in its announcement that it “only makes recommendations for use of vaccines” and, moreover, that “school-entry vaccination requirements are determined by state or local jurisdictions.”

Smith isn’t buying it.

“Any CDC recommendation has powerful consequences and may indeed cause states to mandate child COVID shots as a prerequisite for attending school,” Smith added. “That would be outrageous.”