So in case you haven’t heard, Pfizer just said you can almost get your five year old vaccinated against a virus that presents ZERO risk to him or her. Sweet, it’s about time! Just so we’re clear, crystal clear:
According to the CDC as of 9/15 (most recent update), under the title “All Deaths involving COVID-19 (1)”, there have been 439 deaths in children 0-17 years old. There are some 73,000,000 kids in the US between 0 and 17. That’s a population fatality rate of 0.0006% or six ten-thousandths of one percent. That’s statistically ZERO. In case you’re interested, the (1) denotes (my caps for emphasis) “Deaths with confirmed or PRESUMED COVID-19, coded to ICD–10 code U07.1.” Also according to the CDC, fully 54% of children hospitalized due to COVID-19 had one, if not multiple, co-morbidities. Listed are 46% of hospitalized kids with “No KNOWN Condition”. That doesn’t mean those in the 46% DIDN’T have some other condition, it just means that at the time of admission into the hospital, they hadn’t been officially diagnosed with something else.
Further, again according to the CDC, under “Death involving COVID-19 and Pneumonia (2)” for kids, there are only 103 deaths listed. The (2) denotes “Counts of deaths involving pneumonia (J12.0-J18.9) include pneumonia deaths that ALSO INVOLVE COVID-19 and EXCLUDE pneumonia deaths involving influenza.” Lastly, data from the UK shows that only a tiny percentage of kids admitted to their hospitals ended up in the ICU or died. So the actual number of children in the US who have died from COVID-19 is most certainly significantly less than 439. Later this week I’ll post about the fact that all the hype about hospitals being overrun with COVID cases may not be quite right.
Am I suggesting you not get your kid vaccinated? Nope. You do you. Am I suggesting you understand the actual risks and benefits to getting your child vaccinated? Absolutely. If you consider a risk of at most 0.0006% something you’re not comfortable with, then vaccinate your kid. But you should please consider that ANYBODY who tells you that these vaccines are safe is absolutely, 100% lying to you. There is NO POSSIBLE WAY to know how these vaccines, especially this mRNA vaccine, will affect children later in life.
As I have stated before, it is a mathematical FACT that the risk of coronavirus to your child is ZERO. Therefore, it is also a mathematical FACT that the vaccine can, by the laws of the universe, be of no value in protecting your child. You CANNOT improve on a risk of ZERO. Don't allow yourself to be scared into doing something that needs not be done and that you might someday regret.