The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added COVID-19 shots to the standard vaccination schedule for adults and children. The updated schedules recommend that all children from six months to 15 months old receive a two-dose or three-dose primary series and booster and that all children 18 months and older receive the same vaccinations.
Children over six months old can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, and children over 12 can receive the Novavax vaccine. In addition, the CDC has recommended a three-dose series for children who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
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The routine vaccination schedules for adults also recommend a two-dose or three-dose primary series and booster. This is the first year COVID vaccines are considered routine, as they were previously listed in a separate call-out box. The CDC has noted that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program does not cover the doses but instead falls under the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP).
The changes to the vaccination schedules come amid plans by pharmaceutical companies to increase the cost of the vaccines. Pfizer President Angela Lukin announced in October that the company would charge between $110 and $130 per dose. However, it would be available at no cost to those with private or government insurance.
This is several times more expensive than the federal government’s purchase of 105 million doses for $3.2 billion, which works out to roughly $30 per dose. Oxfam America has criticized the high costs, saying that Pfizer and Moderna have charged governments as much as $41 billion above the estimated cost of production.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has said that he hopes COVID will be controlled through annual vaccinations and pills for those who contract the virus. He has stated that two doses of the vaccine offer limited protection and that the goal is to have normal lives with an annual injection and a pill in case of illness.
The addition of COVID vaccines to the routine immunization schedule comes after a Pfizer official admitted that the company does not know why the vaccines affect women’s menstrual cycles. However, research has shown that COVID vaccines can impact menstruation. One study found that 42% of women with regular cycles reported heavier bleeding after injection.
Despite the CDC’s recommendation of COVID vaccines, research has shown that children are largely unaffected by COVID-19. In contrast, the long-term effects of the vaccines are still unknown. Some countries, like Sweden, have decided against recommending COVID vaccines for young children, arguing that the benefits do not outweigh the risks.
The CDC’s recommendation of COVID vaccines for children also raises concerns about schools requiring children to be vaccinated to attend. It is crucial that every American family carefully consider the risks and benefits of vaccinating their children against COVID-19.