The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dropped Tucker Carlson’s false claims that the agency is preparing to make the Covid vaccination mandatory for children in public schools.
During a Tuesday night segment, the Fox News host made his first false claim by mischaracterizing a Thursday meeting of the CDC’s advisory committee that he said would vote on whether Covid vaccinations would be mandatory for school-age children to visit public facilities.
The next day, the CDC took to Twitter to correct the record.
“On Thursday, the CDC’s Independent Advisory Committee (ACIP) will vote on an updated childhood immunization schedule,” they wrote. “States set immunization requirements for school children, not ACIP or CDC.”
Thursday’s meeting for the federal agency’s ACIP, they stress, should not issue federal mandates — which is outside their purview — but rather an annual meeting where they would re-evaluate which vaccines doctors should recommend to their patients.
This list, which does not dictate state laws or requirements, includes vaccination recommendations and the appropriate schedules, such as B. vaccinations against polio, measles, mumps and rubella, diphtheria and others.
The agency then linked to its website, which specifically discusses how “state laws set immunization requirements for school children,” not the CDC.
“These laws often apply not only to children who attend public schools, but also to those who attend private schools and daycares,” the CDC website says.
Mr Carlson, who was not indirectly shamed by federal agency nor received a liability waiver from Twitter after they reviewed his section, went on the offensive on Wednesday night.
After continuing to spread falsehoods and claiming that federal scientists would vote Thursday on whether children should be given an injection, which would then decide whether they could be educated in the United States, he flattened his attack on the CDC.
“In response to our segment, the CDC complained on Twitter,” he said. “They claimed that states, not the CDC, set immunization requirements for school children.
“But like so much else we’ve heard from the CDC, and it pains us to say this, but it’s true, like so much else they’ve told us over the past few years, they lie and they know that they do. lying.”
Mr. Carlson then proceeded to pull up graphs showing snippets of various state guidelines regarding immunization requirements for public schools.
He pointed out that Virginia writes on the Department of Health’s website that “vaccines must be administered according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s harmonized schedule.”
He then cited similar cases in Massachusetts and Tennessee, apparently missing the point in the text where the various state health departments set their own requirements and simply referring to the CDC’s recommendations for when and how these vaccines should be distributed.
“More than a dozen states adhere to the CDC’s immunization schedule to establish immunization requirements, not proposals, requirements for children’s education,” he incorrectly concluded.
“The point is, the CDC sets the standard and then it becomes required across the country, and of course they already know that,” he concluded, before claiming again that the federal agency knowingly lied.
Should the CDC vote to add the Covid vaccine to its list of recommended vaccinations for children six months and older, it would likely result in more states adding the vaccination as a mandatory pre-school vaccination.