Dr. Jon Van Der Veer explains the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimous vote to add the COVID vaccine to childhood vaccine schedules. He answers that that means, when it could take effect, and why he made the decision to vaccinate his children. He also explains why he believes mandates shouldn’t be considered.
COVID-19 and Childhood Risk
Despite the risk of COVID-19 being a lesser threat than pneumonia and heart disease according to the CDC, Dr. Van Der Veer has made the decision to vaccinate against COVID-19 for his family and children. He describes why he came to that decision and why he believes doctors and patients shouldn’t be mandated. He also states there is a link between the COVID-19 vaccine and myocarditis, pericarditis in teenage boys.
Trust in Medical Instituions
Last week Pfizer executive Janine Small testified before the European Union Parliament the vaccine was never tested to prevent transmission, despite claims from Dr. Rochelle Walensky seemingly indicating the opposite was true on the Rachel Maddow Show.
Health officials made other missteps during the height of the pandemic, and Van Der Veer explains his thoughts on if claims of this nature have damaged his patients trust in medical institutions. Is he seeing more or less vaccine hesitancy than before the pandemic?
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Dr. Van Der Veer also went into details about what the CDC’s potential decision to add the COVID-19 vaccine to childhood vaccine schedules mean and how this doesn’t mean it will be mandated. He does clearly state however, that mandates shouldn’t be on the table. The decision to vaccinate or decline to be vaccinated should always be a carefully considered decision you make between you and your family physician.
Dr. Jon Van Der Veer, Founder of Exemplar Care
Dr. Jon Van Der Veer is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Before starting his own practice, he served as chief medical officer at both Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa, and CareMore Health in Des Moines, Iowa.
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