The U.K. has approved Covid vaccines for babies. The medical watchdog saying the “lower-dose Pfizer jab is safe and effective for kids aged 6 months and above”, with the new approval covering infants age 6 months to 4 years.
The medicines regulator said the jab meets safety, quality and effectiveness standards. This means that Government vaccine advisers can now choose whether the jab should be dished out to babies.
There are already Government advertising campaigns targeting young people, as per the NHS: “The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.”
Governments continue with the ‘safe and effective’ mantra. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on its websites and elsewhere that the Covid genetic injection was ‘safe and effective’.
And in promoting the CDC’s recommendation for young children, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Ashish Jha, stated that the vaccination for children aged 6 months to 5 years was “exceedingly safe and effective and thoroughly tested”.
Whilst the European Medicines Agency states that “the authorised COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials and have met EMA’s scientific standards for safety, efficacy and quality”.
Despite these assurances, there remain widespread concerns amongst the public regarding the safety, effectiveness and need to vaccinate very young children. The latest Government data on vaccine uptakeshow only 7% of children aged between five to 11 in England having had two doses of a Covid vaccine.
So what is the evidence of safety and effectiveness of the Covid vaccine for young and very young children, and what is the evidence of the need for vaccinating children at all?
It is notable that in the latest material there is no mention of vaccinating children so that they do not transmit to others and kill them, which I assume is because it is now widely accepted that the vaccines do not prevent transmission, so the only reason therefore to inject children is to protect the children themselves.
What is the Covid risk to children without vaccination?
Recently published analysis by Professor John Ioannidis shows persons 0-19 have a 0.0003% risk of death. For children 0-10 years of age the risk of severe outcome and death from Covid is basically zero.
In the U.S., analysis of the FDA’s data shows the risk of any child dying of COVID-19 is 0.000015 % and a study by the universities of Leeds and Leicester found that there had been no deaths of healthy children in the U.S.
In Canada, the Canadian Health Alliance states: “Without a serious pre-existing medical condition, the risk of death is statistically zero.”