Do young children need COVID-19 vaccinations?

Do young children need COVID-19 vaccinations

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

Dr. Ron Brown

June 7, 2021

When assessing the need to vaccinate young children against COVID-19, international mortality statistics in this segment of the population can be useful. Generally, according to an analysis of age-specific data from seven countries between March 1, 2020, and February 1, 2021, mortality from COVID-19 is low in children below nine years and in young people 10-19 years, but unfortunately, there are noteworthy inconsistencies between countries. Children and young people remain at low risk of COVID-19 mortality (thelancet.com). For example, U.S. COVD-19 deaths in children 0-4 years are approximately twice as high as deaths in children 0-9 years in Italy and Spain, and no deaths have been reported in South Korea for children and young people from 0-19.  

The authors note study limitations that include small sample sizes, possible country differences in case and death definitions, and differences in the diagnosis of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) which is associated with COVID-19. The study data a...

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