Vaccine for teens! What could go wrong?
Vaccine for teens! What could go wrong?
On Monday, the FDA authorized an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID vaccine to be administered to teens aged 12 to 15. Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. stated,
“Today’s action allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic. Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations.”
Did you know teens are at risk for the virus? I didn’t either. When it comes to vaccines for teens, that is the real question. Is the health risk higher for teens with the vaccine or without? Great question, especially since the parents and guardians of this age group must give consent for this age group to have the vaccine. The decision we make for our teens on this issue will affect them, not us. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly, considering this is an “EUA” authorization—not an FDA approved drug.
The FDA further states,
“The FDA has determined that Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has met the statutory criteria to amend the EUA, and that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine in individuals 12 years of age and older outweigh the known and potential risks, supporting the vaccine’s use in this population.”
“Outweigh the known potential risks” of COVID. Huh. Sounds serious.
A glance at the CDC’s own website tells us there are a scant number of COVID cases for teens in this age range. As of May 5th, where the CDC has posted their most updated information, there are nine cases of COVID in children in the age range of 6 to 13 and fifteen cases in the age range of 15 to 17.
Looking at the cases of deaths, the numbers for those age groups respectively show .01 and .02 per 100,000 in population in April. The graph lines for those age groups don’t effectively lift off the graph compared to the graph line for those aged 80 or higher. Hovering over the interactive lines on the bar graph show there have been no COVID deaths in this age group since the third week of April. In attempting to calculate what the actual number of deaths were for this age group at any given time since the beginning of 2020, based on the CDC’s numbers, is impossible. Why? Because the numbers are too small to apply to a sample population. Plug them into a mortality calculator to determine actual mortality numbers yields a zero.
Bottom line: a few teens contract COVID, even fewer perish from it.
Seems a little fishy when the FDA says something super serious like the benefits of the COVID vaccine “outweigh the known potential risk”. This is not dismissing the tragic COVID deaths of children in the age group in question. We also cannot forget that regular seasonal flu takes the lives of just under two hundred children and teens annually based on CDC numbers.
Crazy to consider that the CDC is reporting numbers of COVID so low, the statistical analysis comes up to a calculation of near zero and is allowing an experimental drug for pediatric use. Yet in years past, when numbers were attainable for the seasonal flu, the CDC gives recommendations.
“CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine, especially children who are younger than 5 years of age or children of any age who have a high-risk medical condition, because they are more likely to develop serious flu complications that can lead to hospitalization and death.”
What are the risks of the Pfizer vaccines? Great question.
Recently, medical doctors warned those most at risk for COVID to not get the Pfizer vaccine due to adverse effects.
“The groups being told to wait can be broken down into four main categories: immunocompromised, severe allergies, children less than 12 years old, and those who are pregnant.”
Last week, Tucker Carlson got pro-vaxxer types all riled up by pointing out the number of deaths caused by the current available vaccines.
“Between late December of 2020, and last month, a total of 3,362 people apparently died after getting the COVID vaccines in the United States. Three thousand, three hundred and sixty-two — that’s an average of 30 people every day. So, what does that add up to? By the way, that reporting period ended on April 23. We don’t have numbers past that, we’re not quite up to date. But we can assume that another 360 people have died in the 12 days since. That is a total of 3,722 deaths. Almost four thousand people died after getting the COVID vaccines.”
Since COVID deaths among teenagers is statistically zero, yet the average death, by Tucker’s calculations, by the vaccines is roughly thirty people a day. What is the risk vs. reward ratio for consenting to teens getting the vaccine? Based on numbers of deaths by COVID vs number of deaths with the vaccine, seems like teens fare better getting COVID and recovering.
A better solution for America’s Pfizer vaccine supply. Pfizer’s vaccine must be kept in a controlled cold temperature environment, overnight a supply on ice to India and help other hot spots around the world where cases and deaths are spiking at rapid and tragic rates. India certainly has done its part pitching in globally with COVID vaccines.
“Before the pandemic, India typically produced more than 60% of all vaccines sold globally. It is home to the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine maker, and its vast manufacturing capability is why the country signed on as a major player in COVAX, the global vaccine-sharing initiative that provides discounted or free doses for lower-income countries.”
Instead of pushing a campaign to vaccinate American kids at statistically zero risk with a vaccine, let’s send that vaccine to a country that desperately needs it. For an administration that is bent on being globalist, it missed a prime opportunity with COVID vaccines.