The World Health Organization issued new guidance on childhood vaccinations on Monday. The WHO’s current advice for parents who have plans to get their children vaccinated is to await further investigation of the vaccines.
“Children should not be vaccinated for the moment,” the WHO said. “There is not yet enough evidence on the use of vaccines against COVID-19 in children to make recommendations for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Children and adolescents tend to have milder disease compared to adults. However, children should continue to have the recommended childhood vaccines.”
The WHO’s guidance does not exactly correspond with that of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, according to its website.
“CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19,” the CDC says. “Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. People who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you and your child or teen can do when you have been fully vaccinated. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.”
Nonetheless, there are reports that children are experiencing heart inflammation in rare cases, but in relatively significant numbers when compared with the minute risk that the SARS-CoV-2 virus poses to young people.
“As of June 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration had confirmed 323 cases of myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, or pericarditis, inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart, in people younger than 30 who had received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,” AHA News reported. “That’s out of more than 310 million doses administered in the U.S.”
“This may be coincidental, a person may be predisposed to this, it may be as we see often in this vaccine that our own immune system starts reacting in an inflammatory way against our own muscles,” Dr. Michael Welch, an allergist and immunologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, told NBC 7 in San Diego.
Meanwhile, social media platforms continue to censor medical professionals and elected representatives who even question whether the experimental vaccines are safe. Last week, Canadian MP Derek Sloan reported the Facebook censored his conference’s stream for raising the childhood vaccine issue.
Facebook censored my Parliamentary Press Conference on the censorship of scientific and medical information. That’s pretty ironic. Facebook doesn’t like the truth. #cdnpoli #EndTheLockdownshttps://t.co/H5yych6H4l
— MP Derek Sloan (@MPDerekSloan) June 17, 2021
The WHO’s guidance, however, underscores that the vaccines are experimental (albeit they have been shown to have been effective among older and at-risk populations at bending down the COVID infection rates). It also underscores that the public should be permitted to debate the matter as citizens please without interference in the virtual public square.
"Children should not be vaccinated for the moment.
There is not yet enough evidence on the use of vaccines against COVID-19 in children to make recommendations for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19."https://t.co/HCRN9lbdrM
— Tracy Høeg, MD, PhD (@TracyBethHoeg) June 21, 2021
The WHO guidance also brings to light two issues that critics have been insisting all along. First, taking vaccines must be a personal decision that should not be mandated by the state or by employers, lest they be opened up to civil litigation. Secondly, a sober risk assessment shows a much less robust case for mass childhood vaccinations, whether they be for schools or even for general preventative measures.
There are around 100 million American citizens under 18 in the United States. The mortality risk posed to healthy young people is insignificant: The CDC’s numbers show that 322 people under 18 have died with COVID, and it estimated elsewhere that 95% of mortality cases overall are people with serious multiple co-morbidities.
“The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises the agency on vaccine use, plans to review and discuss the inflammation data as part of a three-day meeting that starts Wednesday,” AHA News reported.
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