CDC Report Finds Growing Risks with COVID-19 Vaccine for Young People but Still Recommends Vaccination

CDC Report Finds Growing Risks with COVID-19 Vaccine for Young People but Still Recommends Vaccination

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a report titled “COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in Adolescents Aged 12-17—United States, December 14, 2020—July 16, 2021,” conducted by several authors affiliated with the government agency. The authors inquired into commonly reported safety incidents associated with the vaccination of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years, primarily after the second dose of the vaccine. After a “risk-benefit assessment” conducted by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the CDC recommends the ongoing use of the mRNA Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for all persons aged 12 and above.

The CDC reviewed the data starting December 14, 2020, through July 16, 2021. They reported a total of 9,246 adverse event reports, with a great majority of them (90.7% of the total cases) deemed “nonserious adverse events.” Thus just under 400 cases (397) of heart inflammation represented 4.3% of the total cases, representing more severe events.

Emergency Use Authorization for Young People

On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an emergency use authorization (EUA) for children 16 and older for the mRN...

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