Dear Editor, I implore parents, please ask the questions, and please weigh up the risk vs benefit of having your children injected with the Covid vaccine.
are many experts speaking out against the Covid vaccine for children, and
countries such as Sweden which have decided against recommending the Covid
vaccine for 5-11 years, their Health agency arguing that the benefits did not
outweigh the risks.
The UK has a similar policy, allowing for children 12 years plus, but only allowing children 5 - 11 years to get it if they have a pre-existing health issue that puts them at serious risk (children most at risk from coronavirus).
Norway vaccination of children and other doses to teenagers is an individual
choice and not a strong recommendation from the authorities. In the assessment
by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the risk of severe disease is low
in children and the need for vaccines for children and adolescents is limited.
Protection against transmission is poorer especially with Omicron. The offer is
more relevant for children with chronic diseases.
are not at risk of serious illness or death from Covid. This is not disputed,
it is widely reported in mainstream media. They do not readily catch Covid,
spread to other children or adults, get severely ill, or die from it. No
healthy young children have died from Covid in Australia or NZ. The few
children that have died, all had serious co-morbidities. The average age of Covid
deaths in NZ and Australia is 80+. In an article last week on Covid deaths in
Fiji it reported 3 more children dying from Covid, all had significant
congenital medical conditions.
is no long term safety data for these vaccines. They are not fully approved,
they have been granted Emergency Use Authorisation by the FDA, and they have
been provisionally approved by NZ Medsafe.
Safety studies are ongoing, Pfizer’s paediatric studies final report to
evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in children 6 months to 12
years of age is due May 2024.
Michael Kurilla, the only member of the FDAs vaccine advisory committee (from
17) who abstained from approving the shot for 5-11 years, had concerns about
data collection and long term side effects, and said Pfizers’ follow up period
of only 2-3 months is potentially missing some longer term side effects.
cannot be compared to any other vaccine, they are Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines,
and it is so important that parents have complete and full information provided
in order to make an informed decision for their children.
(Editor: According to factcheck.org, “Overall, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that Covid-19 vaccination is safe for children and recommends the shots for anyone 5 years or older. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases also has advised parents to vaccinate their eligible children against the disease. According to UNICEF, among the 3.5 million deaths reported in the MPIDR COVerAGE database, 0.4 per cent (over 12,300) occurred in children and adolescents under 20 years of age. Of the 12,300 deaths reported in those under 20 years of age, 58 per cent occurred among adolescents aged 10-19 and 42 per cent among children ages 0-9.)
from Secretary of Health: It is becoming tiresome to be responding to the
untruths this correspondent continues to write about Covid-19 and the vaccines
that provide a large measure of protection from serious illness and death.
is irresponsible that you publish these untruths without fact checking. (Editor:
The claims made by the letter writer have been factchecked using credible
international media sources)
reality is that unvaccinated children do catch this illness, are seriously
affected, and can die. They figure in the more than 5-million people who have
died from Covid world-wide. Even in New Zealand and Australia.
the other hand, there are no widespread reports of children being adversely
affected by the vaccine.
should be aware that overwhelmingly Cook Islands people have elected to be
protected from the ill effects of Covid-19 by being fully vaccinated.
do them a great disservice by collaborating with this correspondent in
publishing this letter containing untruths and half-truths, on the day of an
information meeting for parents of younger children now eligible to be
If she chooses not to take the vaccine and to withhold it from her children that is her choice. But it is not her right, nor yours to attempt to scare parents into withholding a safe and proven procedure from their children without a shred of supporting evidence.
It is irresponsible to intentionally publish false information.