Note: How many of you recall our old “friend” Mike Stobbe – an autism epidemic denier since we were launched. Anne Dachel Questions Mike Stobbe – 2007 We understand there are parents who are eager to get their kids as young as 5 vaccinated. Others would prefer to wait for data and still others will never want this vaccine. Once the CDC greenlights a pediatric vaccine, it may be a quick route to a fait accomplit that it will be required to attend school. Then what? Stay tuned. According to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, it seems that the vaccine is being authorized not so much for health reasons as one would expect, but social reasons. See red highlight below.
U.S. health officials on Tuesday gave the final signoff to Pfizer’s kid-size COVID-19 shot, a milestone that opens a major expansion of the nation’s vaccination campaign to children as young as 5.
The Food and Drug Administration already authorized the shots for children ages 5 to 11 — doses just a third of the amount given to teens and adults. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommends who should receive FDA-cleared vaccines.
The announcement by CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky came only hours after an advisory panel unanimously decided Pfizer’s shots should be opened to the 28 million youngsters in that age group.
The decision marks the first opportunity for Americans under 12 to get the powerful protection of any COVID-19 vaccine.
“As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated,” Walensky said Tuesday night, in a statement.
In remarks earlier in the day, she said while the risk of severe disease and death is lower in young children than adults, it is real — and that COVID-19 has had a profound social, mental health and educational impact on youngsters, including widening disparities in learning. Read more at AP here.