Yesterday (Tuesday 4/26/22) CDC’s house organ publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) released nationally representative surveillance data that fully 74-75% of children aged <1 to 17 years old had antibodies to the nucleocapsid protein of SARSCOV2 as of February 2022. These findings, in lay terms, mean that three-fourths of U.S. children and adolescents through age 17 had naturally-acquired immunity to covid-19, by February 2022, conferring them with a protection which is more broad and enduring than covid-19 vaccine-acquired immunity [see here; here; here].
Simultaneous to this data release, we also learned on 4/26/22 that Pfizer is seeking FDA approval for a covid-19 vaccine booster to be given to 5-11 year-olds on the mere basis of an April 14, 2022, “sub-analysis of 30 sera (blood samples),” from study participants indicating “a 36-fold increase in neutralizing antibody titers compared to levels seen after two doses.” Translated: extrapolating from this tiny study sample of 30 children, absent any information on clinical benefit in preventing covid-19 infection, transmission, or serious disease complications, nor potential harms of the booster, Pfizer wants “emergency” use authorization for a third injection of its mRNA-based covid-19 vaccine in children aged 5-11 years old.
Moreover, Pfizer obtained emergency use authorization for the initial 2-shot vaccine series in 5-11 year old children notwithstanding this thin gruel of evidence: the “prevention” of only 13 cases of mild, self-limited covid-19 (i.e., “sniffles syndrome”); zero hospitalizations for covid-19 in either the vaccinated or placebo “vaccinated” groups, despite 20% of the ~2300 children studied having comorbidity (mostly obesity); and zero cases of even mild covid-19 among children with a history of prior covid-19 infection (i.e., naturally-acquired immunity).
Wildly overzealous U.S.covid-19 vaccination campaigns for children ignore the mercifully benign course of SARSCOV2 infections in the vast preponderance of those aged 17 years old or younger, at least 3/4ths of whom have now obtained natural immunity. Childhood covid-19 mortality is perhaps literally zero, among children free of chronic comorbidity. Locally, Rhode Island has had zero primary cause pediatric covid-19 deaths, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, per its recording system, maintains, “In states reporting, 0.00%-0.03% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death.”
Blind pediatric covid-19 vaccine zealotry is epitomized by Rhode Island State Senator Sam Bell’s punitively mandatory vaccination bill. The Senator’s proposed legislation mandates covid-19 vaccination for children, in addition to adults, stating, unequivocally, “Every resident of Rhode Island eligible for immunization against COVID-19 who is under sixteen (16) years of age or under guardianship shall be required to be immunized against COVID-19.” Fanatical edicts such as Bell’s concomitantly—and willfully—ignore not only the benign nature of covid-19 children, and their wellspring of robust natural immunity, but also demonstrable covid-19 vaccine-induced harms to children.
Through April 15, 2022, nationally, the passive surveillance U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which under-reports (by some 30-fold or greater) adverse events associated with vaccination, has logged 1790 covid-19 vaccine-related overall hospitalizations among children aged 6-17 years-old, with 495 hospitalized for myocarditis, or myopericarditis (inflammation of the heart or its “sac”), specifically. These U.S. VAERS data include seven Rhode Island 6-17 year-old children hospitalized in relation covid-19 vaccination, six with myocarditis or myopericarditis. A March 2022 report showed persistent 3-month follow-up cardiac (heart) inflammation in teenagers who experienced post-covid-19 vaccination myocarditis. The long-term natural history of pediatric covid-19 vaccine-induced myocarditis remains unknown, but could potentially result in serious chronic conditions consistent with other forms of myocarditis.
Evidence-based sobriety and genuine, unhysterical concern for our children’s health, here in Rhode Island, and across the U.S., necessitates we insist upon an immediate pause in mass, indiscriminate pediatric covid-19 vaccination efforts. Rhode Island, and the rest of the U.S. should heed the informed advice of Florida’s Department of Health which has recommended against covid-19 vaccination of healthy children.
Dr. Andrew Bostom, a Brown University credentialed epidemiologist, is a medical reporter for The Ocean State Current and adjunct scholar to the RI Center for Freedom & Properity.