US Sen. Bob Casey looks on as Dr. Paul Offitt speaks during a news conference on Friday, February 13, 2015 in Philadelphia.
Matt Rourke | AP
A top Food and Drug Administration adviser on children’s vaccines told the agency on Thursday that children need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and advisor to the FDA, said, “It seems silly to think that we don’t have to include children as part of this.” “They can suffer and be hospitalized and sometimes die,” he said, noting that 300 children have died from the virus so far.
Offit, a polling member of the agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, was speaking during a panel meeting that discussed the use of COVID-19 vaccines in children under 6 months of age.
Offit said, “We have variants that are becoming more infectious, which means you need a higher level of population immunity … He also said that we still vaccinate children every year with polio, Even though we haven’t had a case of polio since the 1970s.
Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that nearly 4 million children have tested positive for Covid since the start of the pandemic. According to the data, more than 16,000 new cases were reported in children last week, which is the lowest since June 2020. Among the states reporting, less than 1% of all child COVID cases resulted in death, the AAP wrote on its website.
“I think winter has come, we’re really going to see how well we’re doing in terms of population immunity,” Offit said. “The notion that we don’t have to vaccinate children going forward, I think is wrong.”
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