Scientific papers show that vaccination between the ages of 5 and 11 reduces Covid hospitalization and mortality in the UK by 60%.
Pre-published in the medical journal The Lancet, the study found strong evidence for extending Covid jabs to young children.
Expansion of the Covid vaccine from ages 5 to 11 is said to significantly reduce Covid hospitalization and mortality.
Experts who wrote a report funded by vaccine producer Moderna found that giving jabs to younger age groups reduced Covid hospitalization by 60%, Covid deaths by 57%, and long Covid instances by 75%. I found that.
They also said that vaccination under the age of 12 is expected to be “greater for the entire population” than was observed in adolescence.
The report states: “Given the increased mixing pattern, the difficulty of maintaining physical distance, and poor adhesion of the facial covering, this approach is twice as effective as vaccination of people over 12 years of age (73% each). 26%). “
However, co-author Dr. David Strain, clinical leader of the Covid service at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, said he was not yet convinced of the data and did not want children to receive jabs.
He said Me The next study by Pfizer and Moderna investigating the safety of vaccinations aged 5 to 11 years shows the number of children who report myocarditis, a rare heart inflammation, because side effects can be significantly increased. It’s very important because you’re afraid of it.
Dr. Strain said: “Therefore, we can see that the incidence of myocarditis is almost twice as high in 12-15 years as in 20-25 years.
“But that’s still a very small number, and between the ages of 12 and 15, it’s still only 8 per million.
“But it doubles in the 20s and 12s, so in the worst-case scenario it doubles again above 5, and children are at greater risk of having problems than they really are.”
“I’m not particularly keen on using my child as a shield if I can get the same benefits from working from home or in a mask,” he added.
Dr. Strain, a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter’s University of Medicine and Health and a strong advocate for children aged 12 to 15 who receive jabs, has three children aged 4, 9, and 12. ..
Dr. Strain said his 12-year-old child will receive the first dose of the Covid vaccine next week, but the whole family was anxious, and experts have told his 9-year-old child at this time. He said he didn’t want to have a jab.
“I wasn’t happy with my 9-year-old child being vaccinated until I saw the results of the trial and what was actually affected,” he added.
Pfizer BioNTech is testing the Covid-19 vaccine in children aged 5 to 11 years and is said to have shown “positive results.”
On Monday afternoon, the two companies said the study showed a “strong immune response” in the age group.
Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer, said: For children.
“Since July, the number of pediatric cases of Covid-19 has increased by about 240% in the United States, emphasizing the public health need for vaccination.”
The study enrolled 2,268 participants who received two doses between the ages of 5 and 11 and each dose at 21-day intervals. The dose was lower than for people over 12 years of age.
The trial was conducted at more than 90 sites in the United States, Finland, Poland and Spain.
The two companies are currently seeking an urgent permit to administer the vaccine for ages 5-11 in the United States and may be approved for use by the end of October.
Pfizer-BioNtech will soon submit additional applications to European and UK authorities.
Regarding the results of the study, Dr. Strain said: “I think there is no doubt that the Covid vaccine is effective in generating an immune response. Comments on the pediatric ITU with young Covid patients are very true.-Although it remains rare.
“But important safety parameters are not mentioned here, and in fact, for complications such as myocarditis in the pediatric population, which is as rare as 1 in 50,000, this study is a vague signal. I wouldn’t even have picked it up. “