UPDATED 2:35 PM PT – Sunday, October 3, 2021
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he thinks it’s “inevitable” a COVID vaccine will become part of the childhood immunization schedule. During an interview on Sunday, Gottlieb said adding the vaccine likely won’t happen until they are fully approved for children and there’s more than one available on the market.
He added this will likely take place around this time next year. Gottlieb recently said he believes this is the virus’ last great surge.
“You’re going to see other states and local districts moving forward with their own mandates. And I think the right locus for decision making around these mandates is at the local level,” said Gottlieb. “So, you’re going to see other states, like California, taking this up.”
“I worry going forward we’re going to see vaccine rates decline as this becomes more of a political football.” pic.twitter.com/t9czdU54LW
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) October 3, 2021
Meanwhile last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced a statewide student vaccination mandate, saying it would join other required vaccinations like measles and rubella. Gottlieb did throw his support behind the decisions being made on as local of a level as possible, saying mandates make it a “political issue.”