Following the CDC’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine for young children, scientists and physicians at a summit in Florida warned against a rush to vaccinate a population with very little chance of severe infection from the coronavirus.
The Florida Summit on Covid in Ocala on Saturday addressed three big questions, reported Mary Beth Pfeiffer for TrialSite News. Do young children need vaccination against COVID? Are the vaccinations safe? Are unvaccinated children a threat to adults?
On each question, the physicians and researchers challenged the federal government’s conclusions, pointing to studies and data.
- Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA technology employed by the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines: Inoculating 28 million children 5 to 11 years old could lead to “1,000 or more excess deaths” while the risk from COVID-19 for healthy children is “about zero” and appears to be lower than the seasonal flu.
- Paul Alexander, a clinical epidemiologist and former senior adviser on pandemic policy in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “We’ve been fed a lot of misleading information … children don’t get severely ill … children don’t die from this infection.”
- Dr. Richard Urso, Texas ophthalmologist: In Sweden, where schools were kept open, there was “not a single death of a child from COVID.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the course of the pandemic — from Jan. 1, 2020, to Nov. 3, 2021 — 576 children under age 18 died of COVID-19 in a population of about 74 million, which statistically means there is zero risk of death. Further, the CDC’s record of deaths attributed to COVID-19 doesn’t tell the whole story. A study of 48,000 COVID-infected children under 18 found no deaths were reported among those without comorbidities, or underlying chronic conditions, such as leukemia or obesity.
That means healthy children did not die of COVID, argued the speakers at the Florida summit, and they, therefore, don’t need to be vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the potential toll of vaccinating children is unacceptably high, they said. Among the risks is myocarditis, which has been found in studies to be three to six times the expected rate in vaccinated adolescents. A CDC study reported 14 vaccine-related deaths and 849 serious reactions in children 12 to 17 years old.
But the push to vaccinate young children is in full swing On Twitter, the Muppet character Big Bird declared Saturday, “I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.” After criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for using the iconic Sesame Street character to persuade children, President Biden’s Twitter account replied with “Good on ya, Big Bird.” Last week, Pfizer distributed a video featuring “superhero” boys and girls, in capes, masks and wings, celebrating vaccination.
Jill Biden pushed the vaccination of young children Monday at a school in Northern Virginia, assuring hesitant parents that the shots are “great, effective. and free.”
A new survey finds only 27% of parents are eager to get the shots for their kids. Further, 33% of parents say they will wait a while and see how the vaccine is working, and 30% say they will definitely not get the vaccine for their child.
Parents have condemned San Francisco’s plan to mandate vaccination for school children as young as 5, arguing no one under the age of 20 has died from the virus in the city.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis vowed earlier this month that there will be no vaccine mandate for schools in his state. And parents in New York City gathered in front of City Hall to protest a proposed vaccine mandate.
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