U.S. parents begin to ask: Should my child get a COVID-19 shot?

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Tristen Sweeten, a 34-year-old nurse in Utah, hopes her three children will receive Moderna’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine through its pediatric clinical trial. The sooner the better, she said, for their safety and the greater goal of ending the pandemic.

Angie Ankoma, a 45-year-old Black mother of four who works in philanthropy in Rhode Island, believes trials must include diverse populations and participated in one for a COVID-19 vaccine herself. Volunteering her kids for possible inclusion in Moderna’s trial was a tougher call.

Sweeten and Ankoma are among thousands of U.S. parents who volunteered to have their children participate in new trials run by Pfizer (PFE.N) with BioNTech or Moderna, the first companies making strides toward developing a safe COVID-19 vaccine for the country's 48 million children under age 12.

Health officials say vaccines are crucial to ending the pandemic. But many are concerned vaccine hesitancy in some adults will be even more pronounced when it comes to their children. Parents may question the risks versus benefits, given the unknowns about the vaccines' long-term impact on childrens' development and data on how few young kids have been hit hard by COVID-19.

To ease those concerns, some scientists say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should slow the review process for pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

Pfizer spokeswoman Jerica Pitts said it was premature to speculate on an approval pathway for children, but the company plans to work with public health institutions to promote the importance of vaccines.

Moderna research scientist Dr. Jacqueline Miller said the company has talked to the FDA about the best way to clear the vaccine for use in kids. She said the company hopes to make the vaccine available to children through emergency use authorization (EUA) that got it to U.S. adults in record time, in part to be able to get kids back to school "and the things that they all are longing to be doing."

Sweeten’s husband Scott is a clinical researcher whose company has worked on the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and AstraZeneca (AZN.L) adult vaccine trials, so the couple, whose children are ages 5, 8 and 10, are comfortable with how they were developed, Tristen said.

“We feel like they’re very safe,” she said.

Ankoma consulted her pediatrician given her nagging doubts about unknown long-term effects. She ultimately decided the risk was worth it to immunize her four kids, ages 7 to 16.

“It was easier for me to decide for myself than it was for the kids, because...it was my own body,” she said.

'THAT GOLDILOCKS MOMENT'

Researchers leading pediatric trials for Moderna and Pfizer in children as young as 6 months feel confident the vaccines will be just as safe and effective for children as they have been for adults.

Pfizer’s vaccine, already available to people aged 16 and up in most U.S. states, was found to work well in children 12 to 15 and may receive regulatory authorization for that age group as soon as next month.

Moderna and Pfizer have said vaccines could be widely available to even younger children by early 2022.

An Axios/Ipsos poll from April 2-5 found that just 52% of U.S. parents said they were likely to get their kids vaccinated as soon as they become eligible.

Children under 12 have so far been at relatively low risk from the coronavirus.

Still, some 284 children have died from COVID-19 since last May, about 0.06% of all COVID-19 deaths, according to American Academy of Pediatrics data from about 43 states. There were 14,500 hospitalizations among children in 24 states during that time, about 2% of the total.

Dr. Sean O’Leary, a pediatrics professor at the University of Colorado, said vaccination will help children avoid hospitalizations, a rare inflammatory reaction or lasting symptoms known as long COVID.

“It is certainly not correct to say it's benign in children. Anyone that's worked in a children's hospital can tell you how many sick kids we've taken care of,” he said.

Children already receive vaccines for illnesses that have similar or lower levels of related mortality in kids, like hepatitis A, varicella, rubella and rotavirus.

Health officials warn that if left unvaccinated, children could be a reservoir for infection, allowing virus variants that may evade vaccines to circulate and grow.

That these vaccines will have been widely used in adults before being made available for children should reassure parents, said Emmanuel Walter, head of Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine trial at Duke University.

Some other vaccines have been developed for and only given to children, such as the chicken pox shot.

More than 63 million Americans have received the Pfizer vaccine and about 55 million the Moderna shot.

The trials for young children are more involved than for adolescents because they begin by testing very small doses and gradually increase the dosage while monitoring for side effects.

"What we’re trying to find is that Goldilocks moment when we have just enough vaccine to generate a really good immune response, but we don’t have so much that we’re causing a lot of fever and arm pain and distress in the baby or in the younger child,” said Buddy Creech, a Vanderbilt University professor working on Moderna’s pediatric trial.

Some scientists said waiting for standard approval instead of seeking an EUA would add months to the timetable but allow for gathering more safety data that could help boost public confidence.

The FDA declined to comment.

Dr. Cody Meissner, head of pediatric infectious disease at Tufts University’s medical school, said it comes down to one question: “Does the low burden of disease in children justify a more protracted evaluation of safety?”
 

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This is Reuters preparing ’the discourse’ and ‘manufacturing consent’ for making people expose their children to this completely unescessary dangerous gene-therapyattack. Pandemics don’t end because of vaccines. They just end because nature. This is the greatest scam-shakedown in history. Notice how they’re framing it as jabbing the kids for ‘the greater good’, and suggesting that the vaccine is ‘the only way out’.
 
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It's going to be extremely difficult if not impossible to live within the urban areas without getting the jab.

They will enforce for everyone who has to have any form of medical treatment first. All box stores will enforce it and most of the mom and pop stores are already destroyed in the cities.

Rural will be much easier. Box stores may require it but we have too many farmers markets and mom and pop farms for it to take hold like it's about to in the cities.
 

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It's going to be extremely difficult if not impossible to live within the urban areas without getting the jab.

They will enforce for everyone who has to have any form of medical treatment first. All box stores will enforce it and most of the mom and pop stores are already destroyed in the cities.

Rural will be much easier. Box stores may require it but we have too many farmers markets and mom and pop farms for it to take hold like it's about to in the cities.
Farmers‘ markets are shut down for our greater good.
 

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Farmers‘ markets are shut down for our greater good.
Really?

Not in my area.

We have our regular farmers markets and then we have the "I know so and so who has such" markets
 

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This is Reuters preparing ’the discourse’ and ‘manufacturing consent’ for making people expose their children to this completely unescessary dangerous gene-therapyattack. Pandemics don’t end because of vaccines. They just end because nature. This is the greatest scam-shakedown in history. Notice how they’re framing it as jabbing the kids for ‘the greater good’, and suggesting that the vaccine is ‘the only way out’.
Pfizer Jew CEO already says more vaccines will be needed.


Pfizer was first to market in the U.S. with its BioNTech-partnered COVID-19 vaccine, and by and large, it's avoided the safety and supply concerns plaguing some of its pandemic peers. Now, to hear CEO Albert Bourla tell it, it's increasingly likely the 2021 revenue boon will continue for years to come.


Patients will "likely" need a third dose of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine as the shot's protection wanes, CEO Albert Bourla said in a recent interview with CVS Health Live. And after receiving a third shot, people should expect re-vaccination every year, he said.

That could spell extra sales for Pfizer in the short term, and turn its mRNA-based vaccine Comirnaty into a revenue spring for years to come.


Certain shots, like the polio vaccine or Pfizer's own pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar, offer lasting protection at a single dose. Then there are "vaccines like flu that you need every year," Bourla said. "The COVID virus looks more like the influenza virus than the poliovirus."

RELATED: Pfizer, BioNTech amp up mRNA vaccine delivery targets amid Johnson & Johnson's delays

The company recently turned out data showing its BioNTech-partnered mRNA vaccine was 91.3% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 for up to six months in patients who'd received their second dose. In another big win for the partners, Comirnaty proved effective against the notoriously tough-to-tackle variant that first emerged in South Africa.

Protection remains high during that half-year stretch, but it does "go down by time," Bourla said during the interview. “There will be a need, based on this data, for re-vaccinations," he said, noting that the exact timing of those boosters, and how frequently they might need to occur, remains unclear.

“There will be likely a need for a third dose somewhere between six and 12 months, and then from there, there will be an annual re-vaccination," he said.

Meanwhile, variants will determine the exact role those boosters play. “It is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus,” Bourla said.

RELATED: Pfizer partner BioNTech, riding high on COVID-19 vaccine launch, eyes $11.5B in revenue this year

Evaluate in late January forecasted some $6.05 billion in Comirnaty sales for 2021. The team predicted that number would tick down to $2.08 billion in 2022 and $1.08 billion by 2025—but with the possibility of yearly inoculations on the horizon, Pfizer may be looking at strong sales beyond 2021's gung-ho vaccination push.

Pfizer isn't being shy about its vaccine profit margins once the pandemic has subsided, either. The company sees “significant opportunity” for its COVID-19 vaccine once the market moves from a “pandemic situation to an endemic situation," Frank D’Amelio, chief financial officer at Pfizer, said during a recent virtual investor conference.

Once that happens, “factors like efficacy, booster ability, clinical utility will basically become very important, and we view that as, quite frankly, a significant opportunity for our vaccine from a demand perspective, from a pricing perspective, given the clinical profile of our vaccine,” he said at the time.

Meanwhile, Pfizer and its mRNA rival Moderna are getting a boost as rival shots from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca flag on safety concerns and supply constraints, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Louise Chen wrote to clients on Wednesday.

With alternative mRNA-based vaccines readily on-tap, there's been less pressure to find an immediate fix to the J&J predicament. “We think recent developments show that safety concerns around adenovirus vaccines come at the benefit of mRNA vaccines," Chen wrote.
 

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It's going to be extremely difficult if not impossible to live within the urban areas without getting the jab.

They will enforce for everyone who has to have any form of medical treatment first. All box stores will enforce it and most of the mom and pop stores are already destroyed in the cities.

Rural will be much easier. Box stores may require it but we have too many farmers markets and mom and pop farms for it to take hold like it's about to in the cities.
That is true. Green certificate in EU is already a thing they want to implement, smartphone apps for events and services, facial recognition (in Israel). And in the US facial recognition is also a thing at Disneyland.
Disneyland facial recognition 4.jpeg

So JABBED thing is becoming real. And it's mainly because there is no major and credible movement against vaccination . People just go along with it and get vaccinated because of social pressure, and this becomes increasingly prevalent, including right wingers who claim to be against covid vaccine, - i've seen people on /pol/ posting their stamped cdc vax-cards..
The only thing I'm seeing is dumb people mentioning lizards, mass depopulation conspiracy theories, quoting bible verses, mark of the beast, and other things that appeal to low iq emotional people. Most of the time they're just humiliating themselves in the eyes of non-crazy people... So essentially there is no real effort from their side against this.
 
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