School Vaccine Mandates Instantly Erupt Into ‘Definitive Midterm Election Issue’ After CDC’s ‘Atrocious’ Vote

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Thursday voted unanimously to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the childhood immunization schedule for 2023. The new schedule calls for children to take their first vaccine at the age of six months.

To be clear, the CDC did not itself institute a nationwide school COVID-19 vaccine mandate with this vote. Following the vote, the CDC issued a statement that said “CDC only makes recommendations for use of vaccines, while school-entry vaccination requirements are determined by state or local jurisdictions.”

What the CDC must know, but left out of that statement, is that many states lean heavily on the CDC’s ACIP guidelines in establishing their own immunization requirements. Those states will likely, and in some cases all but automatically, adopt the new immunization schedule. Some Republican-controlled states are more likely to reject the new recommendations.

It’s surprising that the CDC would choose to vote on what is most definitely a political issue less than three weeks away from the midterms.

Because the decision to adopt the new guidelines will be determined by the states, this could become a hot issue, particularly in gubernatorial races.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis immediately announced his opposition to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for children in his state.

Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance and Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, both Republicans, have already vowed that vaccine mandates would not be enacted if they win in November, as did Lee Zeldin, who is running to replace Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Prior to the CDC’s announcement, FiveThirtyEight had the Ohio race listed as “Likely” going to Vance, but the two gubernatorial races as “Solid” Democrat holds. RealClearPolitics agreed about Ohio, but rated both of the other races toss-ups.

This is likely to be a very positive issue for Republicans — and one they will hammer home until Election Day.


We’re not hearing a whole lot from Democratic candidates on the CDC vote. And except for perfunctory reports on the vote itself and accusations that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson spouted “disinformation” about the story on his Tuesday night show, we’re not hearing much from the liberal media either. (The Western Journal has previous debunked the CDC’s statement and the establishment media’s coverage of it.)

Forcing anyone, regardless of their age, to take a COVID vaccine is wrong. Many Americans will be unhappy with the CDC’s recommendation — and they are apt to take their discontent to the polls.

Two weeks after President Joe Biden announced a vaccine mandate on Sept. 9 of last year, a Morning Consult poll found his job approval rating among black voters — typically a reliably Democratic voting group — had fallen by 5 points. Black voters who “disapproved rose 7 points to 24 percent.” Among unvaccinated black voters, his net approval rating fell “17 points since before the rollout of the mandates.”

Each Democratic candidate must be forced to take a position on this issue. Voters will cast their ballots accordingly.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.