‘We’re the Only Country in the World’ Giving COVID Vaccine to Young Kids – Opinion

Biden’s Administration granted the go ahead to Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations for infants aged six months to five years. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky appeared strangely happy in her video announcement.

The Washington Post and its ilk are also super-excited that these vaccines are “finally” approved, a moment that “many parents have anxiously awaited for months.”

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden accompanied by his wife Jill to a COVID vaccination center.

Biden declared, “We’re the only country in the world doing this right now.” Which begs the obvious question: WhyAre we the only nation that gives MRNA vaccines to our children? It seems a little strange that we’re serving up our kids as the guinea pigs of the world.

Also, I wonder: What is the point of all the excitement when very little children are not at risk for the virus? UNICEF

There is limited evidence to support the claim that COVID-19 has a direct effect on youth, child and adolescent mortality. The indirect impacts of the pandemic, including the loss of income, strained health systems and disruptions to care-seeking or preventative intervention like vaccination, on the mortality rates in these groups are less.

The impact is “limited,” says UNICEF, and “indirect effects” of the pandemic have been more harmful to children than the actual disease. Is there a vaccine that can fix this?

Not everyone’s on board:

But President Biden isn’t worried, taking selfies with little kids Tuesday at a vaccine center at the Church of the Holy Communion in Washington D.C., saying, “This is a great day for you all. Thanks for the example you are setting.”

They may be setting an example, but it would appear that most parents won’t follow suit. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that only about one in five parents of children under age five want to get their kids vaccinated, while 38 percent say they’re going to wait and see. Twenty-seven percent said they will “definitely not” get their under-5 kids vaccinated. In November last year vaccines were available for children five- to eleven years old, however, only 30% have taken advantage of the opportunity and been fully vaccinated.

Children’s Health Defense says it’s all about the money:

But, if the vaccine is added to the pediatric vaccine schedule, and if it’s mandated like other childhood vaccines, it will become an evergreen market representing billions of dollars to the drug companies.

It’s also to appease the neurotic parents who have been driven to terror by a disease that likely won’t hurt their children. Axios

“Some parents are so concerned about the risk of exposure that they’re still completely isolating their children socially, perhaps above and beyond what the current CDC and AAP guidelines currently suggest,” said Mark Sawyer, an infectious disease specialist at Rady Children’s Hospital and a member of the committee said. “The availability of this vaccine will liberate those children to some extent.”

It is hard to imagine anything that would calm parents as much.

Further complicating the issue is the vaccine’s efficacy rates for children.  According to Yale Medicine, the data ain’t that great:

Moderna: Interim results show that the vaccine was 51% effective against symptomatic infection among children ages 6 months to 2 years, and 37% effective among those 2 to 5 years. …Vaccine efficacy was significantly lower for both vaccines in these age groups, compared with their efficacy in adults.

Dr. Brian Murray, an expert in Pediatric Infectious Diseases (PID), says:The importance of mine), “We know the vaccines still offer this greater protection for adults, and we expect the same with children. However, we don’t know how these vaccines will perform in real life with respect to protection from being infected.”

That’s hardly reassuring. And will boosters be necessary for children? You can bet on it, although the FDA says only that they “may” need it. We’ve seen this movie before.

Forgive me if I’m not overjoyed by the news of the approval of child COVID vaccines. It was almost a year ago to the day when I, fully vaccinated so I could visit an elderly relative, sat in bed with COVID listening to Biden tell me, “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.”

I haven’t listened to him since.