UPDATED 9:43 am PT – Monday, October 11, 2021
According to former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, vaccine mandates for children remain “a long way off”. During an interview on Sunday, he said the CDC will want to see how the virus evolves after the pandemic and “how much risk it poses to children.”
Gottlieb went on to suggest a possible term for children aged 12 to 17 “could be a couple of years away,” adding that it could be even longer for children aged 5 to 11.
“I think it’s a long way off,” he said. “Certainly the CDC will look at children between the ages of 12 and 17 differently than those between the ages of five and 11. Older kids – high school kids, middle school kids – seem to have more problems with COVID. It is more difficult to control in these settings, so it will be considered separately. But this too is, I believe, a multi-year effort. I don’t think it will happen anytime soon. “
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Gottlieb said the CDC needs to collect more long-term data and expects they will act “very cautiously”.
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