FederalHealthcareStatewide NewsPaxton Joins Multi-State Opposition Against Adding COVID-19 Vaccine to Child Immunization Schedule

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is joining 14 other states to push back against a federal recommendation to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the child immunization schedule.
October 28, 2022
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined with 14 other states in a letter opposing a federal committee’s vote to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the child immunization schedule – citing multiple objections and writing, “Our Nation’s children are not the federal government’s guinea pigs.”

Describing the decision by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) as a premature vote made before public comment on the issue had ended, the letter goes on to say that the decision was unnecessary, would subject some children to retaliation, and could deny parents the freedom to determine whether to subject their kid to an “experimental vaccine.”

The letter adds that there is widespread disagreement over whether children need the COVID-19 vaccine, describing how it does not prevent the virus from spreading, unlike other vaccines, and questioned whether the financial interests of “big pharmaceutical companies” influenced the decision.

“Given the lack of need for kids to obtain the vaccines and their lack of effectiveness, adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of childhood immunizations amounts to little more than a payout to big pharmaceutical companies at the expense of kids and parents.”

Data obtained from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through an open records lawsuit indicated that 782,913 individuals who took the COVID-19 vaccine experienced an emergency medical reaction, with children under age two also experiencing negative side effects.

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Among the 13,000 children, over 33,000 symptoms were significant enough to be reported, such as irritability, sleeplessness, pain, and loss of appetite.  

In announcing the letter, Paxton slammed the lack of due diligence in testing the COVID-19 vaccine and wrote that with studies like one from the Florida Department of Health, which found that “there is an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination,” more studying needed to be performed. 

 “Any path that leads to children being mandated to take the experimental vaccine is a profound mistake that could have consequences for generations to come,” Paxton wrote, adding he will “use every tool at his disposal to stop these overreaching federal bureaucrats.

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Matt Stringer

Matt Stringer is a reporter for The Texan who writes about all things government, politics, and public policy in West Texas. He graduated summa cum laude from Odessa College with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and is presently finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership. In his free time, you will find him in the great outdoors, usually in the Davis Mountains and Big Bend region of Southwest Texas.