The New York Times last week corrected an article which said nearly 900,000 children have been hospitalized with COVID in the U.S., when the actual number is 63,000. An op-ed in today’s Times cited data showing an unvaccinated child has less risk of being infected with the virus than a fully vaccinated 70-year-old.
The New York Times, in an article published Oct. 6, overstated the number of children hospitalized with COVID in the U.S. by more than 800,000. The Times acknowledged the mistake, and other errors in the same article, the following day by adding a correction to the end of the original piece.
The Times initially reported “nearly 900,000 children have been hospitalized” with COVID since the pandemic began. The corrected article, updated Oct. 7, states “more than 63,000 children were hospitalized with COVID-19 from August 2020 to October 2021.”
According to Fox News, the original Times article, “A New Vaccine Strategy for Children: Just One Dose, for Now,” by Apoorva Mandavilli, science and health reporter, was “peppered with errors” before major changes were made to the story.
In addition to overstating the number of children hospitalized with COVID, the Times falsely reported actions taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark — who paused Moderna’s COVID vaccine for younger age groups last week citing reports of myocarditis — and botched the timing of a scheduled U.S. Food and Drug Administration meeting to discuss the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old.
The correction at the bottom of the original article, states:
“An earlier version of this article incorrectly described actions taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark. They have halted use of the Moderna vaccine in children; they have not begun offering single doses. The article also misstated the number of COVID hospitalizations in U.S. children.