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CDC panel: The COVID vaccine should be added to the list of vaccinations

The decisions of the panel of experts are almost always adopted by the CDC director and then relayed to physicians as part of government advice on disease prevention.

NEW YORK — COVID-19 vaccinations should be added to the list of recommended vaccinations for children and adults, a panel of U.S. vaccine experts said Thursday.

The panel’s unanimous decision has no immediate impact — COVID-19 vaccinations are already recommended for virtually all Americans. Rather, it would place the immunizations on the annually updated, formal lists of immunizations that physicians should routinely offer their patients, alongside polio, measles, and hepatitis vaccines.

The decisions of the panel of experts are almost always adopted by the CDC director and then relayed to physicians as part of government advice on disease prevention.

State and local officials often rely on the lists when making decisions about immunization requirements for school attendance, but local officials do not always adopt every recommendation. Influenza and HPV vaccinations, for example, are not required by many schools.

Usually vaccines put on the plans are fully licensed, but that has not yet happened for every COVID-19 vaccine product in every age group.

COVID-19 shots were originally authorized as of late 2020 under emergency permit measures. Over time, the government has approved many of the shots, but full approval for booster doses or for shots for children under 12 has not yet been granted. Because the shots were already recommended under emergency clearance for Americans older than 6 months, the decision doesn’t really make a difference, federal officials say.

Earlier this week, the same panel of experts voted unanimously to include COVID-19 vaccinations in a program that provides free vaccines to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated. This is in preparation for the day in the future when the federal government will no longer pay for all COVID-19 vaccinations like it has done in the past.

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/vaccine/cdc-panel-votes-to-add-covid-shots-to-recommended-vaccinations/507-465c1ba9-e2f0-4d17-84ef-547b0bd49e01 CDC panel: The COVID vaccine should be added to the list of vaccinations

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