As research regarding the effects of the COVID-19 vaccine among minors continues to develop, Make-a-Wish Foundation CEO Richard Davis announced that the nonprofit organization will be granting wishes only to children and families that have been vaccinated.
Founded in 1980, the Make-a-Wish Foundation has helped fulfill the wishes of children between ages 2 and 18 who are dealing with a critical illness. With the new caveat in play, children that have yet to be vaccinated will no longer meet the criteria.
“Now we’ve consulted with doctors and medical professionals throughout the National Medical Advisory Council,” said Davis in his announcement via Zoom. “We’ve been monitoring public health organizations like the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics.”
Davis established that critically ill children must fulfill the new guideline before applying for the Foundation’s aid: “All Wish participants, including your Wish kid and any siblings, will need to be two weeks past completion of either a one-dose or a two-dose vaccine.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are set to discuss incidents of heart inflammation in adolescents, teens and young adults as a result of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The first meeting to discuss the effect was abruptly canceled after the group cited recognition of the Juneteenth federal holiday.
Most ongoing conversations surrounding vaccination mandates has largely focused on adults, not children — a demographic that has displayed strong immune response to the COVID-19 virus.
As noted in the Breaking911 report, the Pfizer vaccine remains the only vaccine approved for children ages 12 and older.
The decision from Make-a-Wish has already elicited a strong response from parents who are concerned that this vaccine requirement for minors could lead other charities and businesses to adopt a similar rule.