Overcoming the COVID-19 public health crisis means taking meaningful steps to protect our students and schools from vaccine preventable diseases. That’s why the Parent Information Network today applauded the move by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents.
ACIP’s immunization schedule is a recommendation of safe vaccines, not a mandate or requirement.
Said PIN: “Immunizations are safe, they’re effective, and they keep our kids healthy. Adding the COVID-19 vaccine to ACIP’s schedule of recommended immunizations will keep our kids, our families and our schools safer while protecting every parents’ right to make medical decisions for their kids.”
ACIP’s recommendation that children receive the COVID vaccine does not remove or change the right of parents to exempt their children from any immunization due to religious or philosophical objections.
PIN is made up of Michigan’s leading health care providers, including the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, Michigan State Medical Society, Michigan Osteopathic Association, Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan State Medical Society Alliance, Michigan Association for Local Public Health, the Michigan Association of School Nurses, the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, the School Community Health Alliance of Michigan, the Michigan Association of United Ways, the Michigan Association of Health Plans, the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants, the Franny Strong Foundation, the Cooperative for Safe Kids, and the Northern Michigan Vaccine Preventable Disease Task Force. PIN works together to better educate parents about the importance of childhood immunizations.