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Despite public outcry, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta voted unanimously Thursday, Oct. 20, to add COVID mRNA vaccines to required childhood immunizations.

The CDC can’t force vaccine mandates for school children. However, individual states can force the vaccines based on the CDC’s recommendations.

The following is a list of governors who will not comply with the CDC’s recommendation.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed the CDC’s vote on Thursday.

“I just want to let everyone be clear. You know, as long as I’m around and as long as I’m kicking and screaming there will be no Covid shot mandates for your kids. That is your decision. That is your decision to make as a parent.”

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin

Gov. Glenn Youngkin tweeted that Virginia will not adhere to the CDC mandates.

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon

“Nothing is changing in Wyoming and kids are not required to receive a COVID vaccine to attend school,” Gov. Gordon said.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox

“Utah will not be implementing any CDC mandate of the COVID-19 vaccine for children,” Gov. Cox tweeted.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

“The Covid vaccine remains available to those who want it, but it should never be mandated! We passed legislation to prohibit schools, colleges and daycares from doing so,” Gov. Reynolds tweeted.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

“Here in Alabama, the parents make decisions when it comes to their children’s health care. We do NOT mandate the covid shot for kids – nor will we ever,” Gov. Ivey wrote.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Gov. Lee tweeted: “TN families won’t be impacted by today’s CDC vote. We’ll continue to stand for TN children & for personal freedom.”

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

“As long as I am Governor of Missouri, I will do everything under my authority to never let the federal government mandate COVID vaccines in our schools,” he wrote.

According to National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) at least 20 states have banned the COVID vaccines from being included in school mandates as of October 3, 2022.