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 is going to want to see how the virus plays out post-pandemic and “how much of a risk it poses to children.”
Gottlieb went on to suggest a possible mandate for children ages 12-to-17 “could be a couple of years away,” adding it may be even longer for kids ages five-to-11.
“I think that’s a very long way off,” he asserted. “Certainly CDC’s gonna look at children ages 12-17 differently than five-11. The older kids — the high school kids, the middle school kids — do seem to get into trouble more with COVID. It’s harder to control in those settings, so that’s gonna be considered separately. But even that is, I think, a multi-year effort. I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.”
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Gottlieb said the CDC needs to collect more long-term data and predicts they are going to act “very cautiously.”