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Should children be vaccinated against COVID-19?
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    Children should be vaccinated against Covid-19

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends a Covid -19 vaccine for children ages 5 and older. Johns Hopkins Medicine encourages all families to have eligible children vaccinated with the Covid - 19 vaccine. Currently, Pfizer's vaccine is the only approved Covid-19 vaccine for children and its side effects are still the same in children. Children might notice pain at the injection site (upper arm), and could feel more tired than usual. Headache, achy muscles or joints, and even fever and chills are also possible and these side effects are usually temporary and generally clear up with 48 hours.

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    Further cautions regarding children being vaccinated against COVID-19

    This review1, listing all the pros and cons of covid vaccinations for children, is to be welcomed but the authors have omitted some important questions on the downside. They rightly state that a large proportion of children might already be immune and point to waning immunity after vaccinations, suggesting that primary infection at young age with boosting exposure over time might be a better strategy. But they do not cite recent evidence that people who are first vaccinated then exposed afterwards, appear to mount brisk IgG response to the spike protein since this is already in their immune memory, but may fail to mount the broader response associated with natural infection, including N-antibodies2. For those children (>75%) already immune, there is no significant benefit to vaccination with an emergency use authorised product. For otherwise healthy children who are not yet immune, they can obtain this by natural infection over the months ahead, at minimal risk to themselves or to the vaccinated adults around them.
    Under the heading ‘Long-term safety’, the authors rightly quote concerns of possible ongoing effects of myocarditis, but they make no mention of any other potential as yet unknown effects of these novel technologies. If there are effects on T-cell function, then there is risk for autoimmune diseases3 and also for potential cancer cells4 to pass unchecked. There are also no adequate animal reproductive studies and the nanoparticles have been shown b...

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