Do young children need COVID-19 vaccinations?

Do young children need COVID-19 vaccinations

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 also do not account for changes in mortality due to seasonality, even though increased mortality in children and young people have been observed during times of high community infection. Nevertheless, overall COVID-19 deaths compared to all-cause mortality in children and in young people across the seven countries in the study are very low. 

The authors’ overall conclusions are that children are “not becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19,” and that most children do not require intensive care. These conclusions may be interpreted to imply little protection from serious illness provided to children from COVID-19 vaccinations. However, the authors warn the virus is “likely to change over time,” indicating a need for ongoing review. 

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite, Inc. or the COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund.

Responses

  1. I understand Dr Mengele and his felow researchers from Keiser Wilhelm Institute now know as GLOBAL BIG PHARMA have been fully rehabilitated and their amazing achievements from goodol times are now fully republished?
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  2. You write too mildly. Low risk? No, extraordinarily low risk; almost no risk at all. Vanishingly microscopic death rate. Blurring the lines between age groups skews the data, but not every country reports using the same age brackets … but you know they have the numbers for each age. The age related aspects of the development of the human immune system have been known for a long time, including how it wobbles at the cusp of puberty. And at this point there have been nearly a dozen prominent variants, along with countless thousands of lesser ones. Yet the statistics for children in these age brackets has remained highly stable. Yes, tragically, some young one get this virus, some suffer terrible complications, and a few of them die. These numbers are so small that there is no benefit to forcing the vaccines on them, and the risks of these vaccines, while quite rare, is many times higher than their risks from the virus. It’s not worth it.

    Yes we should keep an eye on things just in case. But this risk … according to Statista, in Italy, 11 children 0-9 have died from it, while 106,000 age 70 and over have succumbed. In the USA, the CDC says 309 in the 0-17 have passed away from “deaths involving Covid-19”, while as of March, The Lancet reports 67 Covid deaths for American kids age 0-4 , 8 in Italy and 8 in Spain age 0-9. Yes, the US numbers are higher than Italy and Spain combined, but the US population of them is more than twice as large as their combined population in those other two nations. Not to mention that different nations use different counting methods, the old “with” vs “from” dilemma.

    1. Andrew,
      I’m just summarizing the position of the authors and the data they reported regarding “low risk.” I agree with you that there are other factors involved like population size, demographic distribution, etc (note that deaths are reported per 100,000). The potential harm from the vaccines outweigh the benefits for children. Furthermore, considering the very low absolute risk reductions of the vaccines, in my opinion there are no benefits at all from the vaccines for anyone!
      Ron