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Covid-19 vaccines will be on the 2023 vaccine schedule, but that doesn't mean they're required in schools

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Covid-19 vaccines will be on the 2023 vaccine schedule, but that doesn't mean they're required in schools

A young child receives a Moderna Covid-19 6 months to 5 years vaccination at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Massachusetts on June 21. Covid-19 vaccines will be part of recommended immunization schedules in 2023 for both children and adults.

Covid-19 vaccines will be part of recommended immunization schedules in 2023 for both children and adults, after a unanimous vote by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

That doesn't make the vaccines mandatory for anyone, a point that was emphasized in a discussion before Thursday's vote. The board members addressed concerns from the public that adding Covid-19 vaccinations to the schedule would force schools to require the shots.

CNN's Carma Hassan contributed to this report.

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