At Least 11 States Say No to Mandatory COVID-19 Shots for Kids

tldr: Wyoming, Florida, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, West Virginia, Montana, Indiana, and Oklahoma.


By Reagan Reese 

At least 11 states have rejected or are expected to reject a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that pediatricians give COVID-19 shots to children along with other vaccines.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously decided Thursday to add COVID-19 shots to the children’s immunization schedule, which some schools and states use to create vaccination requirements. Many states, however, have laws in place that prohibit schools from requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for students.

The Wyoming Department of Health said it will not add the COVID-19 vaccine to the school vaccine schedule for children following the CDC recommendation, according to the Cowboy State Daily. The office of Gov. Mark Gordon, a Republican, reinforced the decision, announcing that Wyoming would not be listening to the CDC guidance.

“Wyoming has no plans to pursue adding [a] COVID vaccine to its required list,” Gordon’s spokesman, Michael Pearlman, told the Cowboy State Daily. “The governor has not mandated vaccines for adults or children, and believes that COVID-19 vaccination is a personal choice.”

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, announced in a Thursday tweet that his state would not be taking the CDC’s guidance, citing laws against such a measure. In July 2022, an Iowa law went into effect exempting students in K-12 schools from vaccine requirements until 2029, The Des Moines Register reported.

Reynolds’ office referred the Daily Caller News Foundation to that law when asked for comment.

“Regardless of what the CDC says, as long as I am governor, we will never force kids to get a COVID vaccine to go to school,” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, also a Republican, wrote in a Thursday tweet


2 thoughts on “At Least 11 States Say No to Mandatory COVID-19 Shots for Kids”

  1. Every parent and grandparent has a responsibility to keep their children safe, but we all have a total responsibility to keep all our children safe, whether or not they belong to us. Who will protect children if we don’t!
    My God in heaven, help us.

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