In an unprecedented move the CDC is expected to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the mandated child immunization schedule – despite a lack of clinical data, a respected doctor says.
Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, made the claim Tuesday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, and as reported by Fox News.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is expected to announce later this week that the COVID-19 vaccine will be added to the child immunization schedule “with no clinical data,” Makary said.
“There has never been a vaccine added to the child immunization schedule without solid clinical evidence that it reduces disease significantly in the community,” he said.
Makary said the CDC only has data from eight mice regarding the effects of the Omicron vaccine on young people, adding that White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha has seen the data on the vaccines’ effects, but that data has not been made publicly available.
When Carlson questioned Makara as to why the data was not available for all to see, he said those who wanted to see the data were “basically told, ‘Stop asking questions.’”
If ACIP adds the vaccine to the child immunization schedule, it could force children across the country to be receive it in order to attend school, a scenario the professor opposes.
“If thousands of people are going to get myocarditis from this indiscriminate vaccination in young and healthy people, we’re going to see some unintended harm, and my concern is that some schools may blindly accept this,” he said, citing clinical data from Israel and the U.S.
Makary told Carlson that 1 in 5,000 vaccine doses results in a “severe adverse event,” referencing a case study in Israel in which 283 people who received the COVID vaccine ended up getting myocarditis; one died and two ended up in the ICU.
Ultimately, each state will have to decide whether to implement the policy if the ACIP passes the vaccine requirement.
“That’s where I think parents have a right to say, ‘Let’s see some clinical data before we force this as a requirement for school,’” Makary told Carlson.
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has already publicly opposed a potential COVID vaccine requirement.
“Regardless of what @CDCgov votes tomorrow on whether COVID-19 vax are added to routine child immunizations – nothing changes in FL,” Ladapo tweeted. “Thanks to @GovRonDeSantis, COVID mandates are NOT allowed in FL, NOT pushed into schools, & I continue to recommend against them for healthy kids.”
An analysis conducted by the Department of Health in Florida showed an “84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18 to 39 years old within 28 days following the mRNA vaccination,” leading the department to recommend against the vaccine for men ages 18-39.
“You would never give something to someone who was young and healthy and increase their risk of dying from sudden cardiac death by 84%,” Ladapo told Carlson in an interview. “But the response is, ‘Well, you know, COVID is pretty bad.’ Yes, COVID can be terrible, but we don’t give people medications that kill them. So, there’s been so much confusion. But yes, that was our finding, and it was a surprise. But that’s what the numbers show.”
When Ladapo recently attempted to tweet about cardiac-related risks from the COVID vaccine, his post was taken down by Twitter, according to another report. After removing the tweet, Twitter released a statement saying its “current misleading information policies cover: synthetic and manipulated media, COVID-19, and civic integrity.”
“If we determine a tweet contains misleading or disputed information per our policies that could lead to harm, we may add a label to the content to provide context and additional information,” the statement said.
Twitter restored the post on Sunday morning, according to the report.
In February, the CDC issued updated guidance that actually seems to confirm the cardiac risks associated with the COVID vaccine. The updated guidance said younger males should consider waiting longer between doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to reduce the risk of a rare form of heart inflammation.
The “mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at the FDA-approved or FDA-authorized intervals, but a longer interval may be considered for some populations. While absolute risk remains small, the relative risk for myocarditis is higher for males ages 12-39 years, and this risk might be reduced by extending the interval between the first and second dose,” the CDC said.