More than 1,000 reports of adverse events have been lodged with U.S. authorities following COVID-19 vaccination in children aged 5 and younger.
As of Aug. 21, 996 non-serious reports have been entered into the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) for children 4 or younger who received a Pfizer vaccine and children 5 or younger who received a Moderna vaccine, Dr. Tom Shimabukuro said on Sept. 1.
Shimabukuro is a researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which runs VAERS with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Most of the adverse event reports have been for outcomes designated non-serious, or events that did not include death, a life-threatening illness, hospitalization or prolongation of hospitalization, permanent disability, congenital anomaly or birth defect.
The serious events were not detailed.
“Those details should not have been left out of the information released to ACIP [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices] and the public,” Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, told The Epoch Times in an email.
The most commonly reported events after receipt of Pfizer’s vaccine were errors in dosing, such as an incorrect dose being administered. Fever, rash, vomiting, fatigue and diarrhea were also commonly reported. The most commonly reported events after receipt of Moderna’s vaccine were fever, rash, vomiting and hives.
The number of reports represented 0.06% of the doses administered to children aged 5 or younger, who only became eligible for a vaccine in mid-June.
Shimabukuro said the data from VAERS and other systems did not reveal any new safety concerns.
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