If children are not dying from COVID-19, is blanket vaccination justified?
The Singapore data was just released in the past week looking at SARS-COV2 Omicron infections and hospitalisations with children, comparing the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
Link to paper here:
Tan, Sharon, et al. "Effectiveness of BNT162b2 Vaccine against Omicron in Children 5 to 11 Years." Available at SSRN 4052133 (2022).
The primary takeaway is that full COVID-19 vaccination reduced SARS-COV2 infections by 65.3% and hospitalisation by 82.7%. These appear to be good outcomes, but is it enough for parents to agree to childhood vaccinations?
Out of approximately 256,000 children, 288 were admitted to hospital across the vaccinated and unvaccinated. Of the 288 children, 5 needed supplemental oxygen and 4 ended up on intensive care. Only one of the five children was unvaccinated.
In terms of COVID-19 mortality across the whole group of children, ZERO died!
There were 22 serious adverse events after vaccination, which have not yet been fully described.
Let each parent judge for themselves if the risk of severe COVID-19 in children outweighs the unknown longer term risks from vaccination.
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