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Despite public pressure, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta voted unanimously Thursday to add COVID mRNA vaccines to required childhood immunization schedule. The vote was 15-0.

On Wednesday, COVID vaccines were added to the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC), “a safety-net program that offers the shots at no cost,” according to the Washington Post.

According to multiple health officials, the CDC can’t mandate COVID vaccines for schoolchildren. That decision is left up to states and jurisdictions.

But others say that if the CDC vote passes on Thursday, it will put pressure on states and jurisdictions to make the shots mandatory for schoolchildren.

The CDC says the claim that the agency will make childhood COVID vaccines mandatory is false.

A spokesperson for the CDC said Thursday’s vote (which is expected to pass) is not official policy.

“It’s important to note that there are no changes in COVID-19 vaccine policy, and this action would simply help streamline clinical guidance for healthcare providers by including all currently licensed, authorized and routinely recommended vaccines in one document,” the spokesperson said.

The childhood immunization list currently includes vaccines for Hepatitis A and B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Influenza, and more.