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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, answers questions at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on January 11, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images

(LifeSiteNews) — An advisory panel of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday officially voted to include the experimental mRNA COVID-19 shots in its 2023 childhood immunization schedule. While the decision does not automatically mandate the jabs, many U.S. states use the immunization schedule to implement mandatory vaccinations for school children.

The 15-member panel of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) made the decision to add the Moderna, Pfizer, and NovaVax COVID shots to the recommended immunization schedules for children and adults ages six months old and up in a unanimous decision October 20.

According to the committee, babies, children, and adults should get the initial jabs as well as the boosters when they become eligible for them.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is expected to rubberstamp the plan.

ACIP committee member Dr. Nirav Shah noted that the addition of “the COVID-19 vaccine to the recommended childhood immunization schedule does not constitute a requirement that any child receive the vaccine.” The decision to mandate vaccinations will be made by individual states, counties, and cities.

However, mRNA technology pioneer Dr. Robert Malone noted that the addition of the COVID jabs to the childhood immunization schedule “means that public schools, which all use this schedule, will then be able to mandate the ‘vaccines’ in order for children to attend public school.”

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Observing that the addition of the shots to the immunization schedule “is a work-around because Congress is not funding more jabs into arms,” Malone pointed out that the decision will shield vaccine manufacturers against congressional investigation into drug funding and safeguard the companies’ liability in the event of potential loss of emergency use authorization (EUA) for their to-date unlicensed products.

“We all know the adverse event profile of the jabs. It is horrific,” he continued. “If they add these jabs to the childhood schedule, it will completely break the trust of the American family in the CDC, as it should.”

Adding that he is “shocked by the malfeasance,” Malone said he has “no trust left at all in our public health. It is broken.”

“There has never been a vaccine added to the child immunization schedule without solid clinical evidence that it reduces disease significantly in the community,” Dr. Marty Makary told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “The COVID vaccine in children will be the first – it will be added with no clinical data.”

Likewise, Dr. Vinay Prasad argued that it was “a BAD decision to add” the COVID jabs to the immunization schedule, arguing there is “no convincing evidence” the shot “helps the 86% of kids who already had covid,” and adding that “93.1% of parents don’t want to vaccinate their young kids.”

According to Prasad, the “CDC has lost perspective, they are out of touch with data, the American people, and common sense.”

Meanwhile, though many states base their immunization requirements on the CDC’s recommendations, not all states are planning to go along with the Thursday decision.

This week, the Republican governors of Florida and South Dakota confirmed that no schoolchildren in their states will be forced to get the jab to go to school.

“As long as I am Governor, in Florida there will not be a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for children in our schools,” Florida Republican Gov. DeSantis told parents.