The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moving to add the COVID shot to the recommended childhood vaccine schedule could cause problems in Texas, according to one state lawmaker.

State Rep. Brian Harrison (R–Midlothian)—who served as chief of staff of the United States Department of Health and Human Services under President Donald Trump—pointed out language on Texas’ own Health and Human Services Commission’s website suggests the COVID vaccine could be required in Texas schools.

“Whether heading to kindergarten, junior high or college, children need all CDC-recommended vaccines,” the agency’s “Back to School” website read.

In a post on Twitter, Harrison said the website’s language was a “big problem” following the CDC’s recent move.


Within hours, the THHSC removed the language from their website. Harrison praised the agency for taking quick action. “Unelected DC bureaucrats must not make healthcare decisions for Texas children.”

Christine Welborn, the executive director of Texans for Vaccine Choice, says their organization will continue to fight all such the mandates.

“This is yet another example of unelected bureaucrats shoving their brand of healthcare down Texans’ throats and we will continue to advocate for informed consent, medical privacy, and vaccine choice,” said Welborn.

Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis assured citizens the shot would not be mandated in Florida schools no matter what the CDC says.

“As long as I am Governor, in Florida there will not be a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for children in our schools,” said DeSantis.

As of publishing, Gov. Greg Abbott has not responded to requests for comment from Texas Scorecard.

NOTE: This article was updated after the THHSC removed the language from their website.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens