Fmr. FDA Commissioner: Childhood COVID vaccinations will likely become part of scheduled immunizations

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers on the committee threatened to subpoena information from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regarding their delayed responses about drug distributors that poured in millions of pain pills into West Virginia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 25: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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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.”

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.”

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