Statement from Dr. Gary Anthone, DHHS Chief Medical Officer

News Release
For Immediate Release: 10/20/2022

Jeff Powell, (402) 471-6223,

Lincoln – The CDC's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently voted to recommend that the COVID-19 vaccine be included in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program and the 2023 Immunization Schedule.

The CDC still must approve both recommendations, which it has not yet done. 

“If approved, these recommendations DO NOT require a child to take the vaccine to attend school. The State of Nebraska establishes vaccine requirements, NOT ACIP or the CDC. If the CDC follows ACIP's recommendation, it would put the COVID-19 vaccine at the same level as the flu and HPV vaccines. I encourage parents to consult with their child's physician regarding the benefits of receiving the vaccine as they make their own decision." – Dr. Gary Anthone, CMO

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