Many public health officials around the world say that it is important to vaccinate the elderly, children and those with compromised immune systems against coronavirus. The U.S. federal government is already planning the rollout of Pfizer's COVID-19 shot for children aged 5 to 11.
But in an interview, Dr. Martin Kulldorff advised parents not to get their children inoculated against coronavirus.
Kulldorff, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a biostatistician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, serves on scientific advisory committees for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He said that it's better not to get children vaccinated against coronavirus because the disease "is not a huge threat" for kids.
While children can still get infected with coronavirus, Kulldorff explained that it's similar to how they can get the common cold and that it's not something parents should worry about. He added that coronavirus deaths in children are "very rare circumstances."
According to data and studies reviewed by Kulldorff, there's a greater chance that children may contract a serious disease or die from the flu compared to the COVID-19 virus.
The CDC reported that only 195 children younger than four and 442 children aged five to 18 have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. as of Oct. 20. The agency added that kids are 15 times less likely to be hospitalized with coronavirus than those who are 85 or older. Children are also 570 times less likely to die from the disease, reported the CDC.
Kulldorff cited Sweden as an example. The country was hit badly by the first wave of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, but decided to keep daycare and schools open for all children.
All of Sweden's 1.8 million children survived without vaccines, face masks and social distancing in schools. If young children were sick, they stayed at home to get better and avoid infecting others.
There were zero coronavirus deaths among children in Sweden, with only a handful of hospitalizations – proving that COVID-19 is not a "risky disease" for kids. (Related: Getting the coronavirus naturally may give children “better” immunity, explains British health expert.)
If parents are still thinking of getting their kids vaccinated, Kulldorff urged them to consider the many negative side effects of different vaccines. According to the FDA, both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were linked to heart inflammation like myocarditis and pericarditis. Cases of heart inflammation are more common among young people post-vaccination.
On Oct. 25, Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the messenger RNA technology in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, posted on Twitter to say that there is "absolutely no scientific or medical justification for vaccinating children."
Dr. Harvey Risch, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine, told parents to remove their children from public schools that force students to get vaccinated. In an interview, Risch advised that it's better to homeschool children since their lives are on the line if they get vaccinated against coronavirus.
If someone already has immunity after recovering from an infection, then a coronavirus vaccine doesn't offer a lot of benefits. And if you're a child, "even if you haven’t had COVID, the risk of serious disease or death is minuscule," proving that the risks outweigh the benefits of vaccinating children.
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