Health officials haven’t explained the need for “emergency use” of the vaccine on an age group that is one of the least affected by COVID. But then again, the success of the current vaccine campaign seems to hinge on the public being as underinformed as possible. Just “trust the science,” folks!
According to the CDC, there have been 282 total deaths “involving” COVID in the 0–17 age group. That’s nationwide. Add to that the fact that there are an average of 3.6 co-morbidities in 94% of all COVID deaths in America, and the case for vaccinating children gets even dicier.
While the emergency use authorization for kids has the uncritical support of state and national health officials, many important questions remain.
How do parents make an informed decision about the safety of the vaccine after such a short study period?
If we look for data on side effects, how should we interpret it?
What are the potential long term effects of the vaccine on still-growing bodies?
Will the effects be different after the second, third, fourth…tenth annual dose?
The answer is: we don’t know. And the experts don’t know either, or they do but won’t say.
One possibility is that the national campaign to vaccinate has stalled so drastically that kids are the only option left to meet the “immunity” goals set by the current Administration.
And if that’s the case — if kids are being used merely to inflate “shots in arms” statistics — the question then becomes a matter not of “herd immunity” but of “sheep mentality.”