CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky will have to sign up before the vaccination, which could take place early next week.
During a discussion of the CDC’s advisory committee on vaccination practices on Friday, the committee asked Dr. I heard Matthew Daley say that people who have not been vaccinated 5 years of age or older have a 10 times higher risk of dying from Covid-19 than those who have been vaccinated at least. Primary series.
Dr. Catherine Fleming-Dutra noted at the meeting that “the benefits of vaccination are more pronounced when the disease load is high. And with the increase of Covid-19 in the future, we can predict that non-vaccinated people will continue to bear the burden of the disease.”
On Saturday, Dr. Veronica McNally said she was “shocked” to see the effects of Covid-19 on children.
“I am shocked by this number: 2 million cases, 20,000 hospitalizations and more than 200 deaths. And I’m concerned that children at this age have really little appreciation for the potential severity of respiratory infections and sometimes a vague understanding among parents. Long-term effects with MIS-C , “Said McNally.
After the vaccine was recommended, “hard work continues,” Daly said, emphasizing the importance of communicating with parents “how important these vaccines are to protect children’s lives.”
“I hope that one day the true story will be told in terms of the effort, dedication, care and compassion that went into this whole epidemic – or to prevent this epidemic,” he said. Said Patricia Whitley-William.
The Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines are now official for children. On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration extended the authorization of Emergency Use for modern vaccines for children aged 6 months to 17 years and Pfizer / BioNTech for children aged 6 months to 4 years.
About 17 million children under the age of 5 are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.
Covid-19 is the leading cause of infectious disease-related deaths in people up to the age of 19, but data show that these deaths can be prevented by vaccination. Matthew Daly made the remarks at a meeting of the CDC’s advisory committee on vaccination practices on Friday. .
“Covid-19 is the leading cause of death in infectious diseases in people between the ages of 0 and 19. And Covid-19 is the seventh most common cause of death among people aged 0 to 19,” said Daily, Senior Investigator Kaiser Permanente at the Institute for Health Research in Colorado. Told the committee.
“As of March 2022, the risk of death from Covid-19 among non-vaccinated people 5 years of age and older was at least 10 times higher than that of those vaccinated at least in the primary series,” Daley said. Real-world evidence that most deaths due to vaccines are preventable. “
Will the youngest children be vaccinated?
While many public health experts are concerned that the Covid-19 vaccine is now authorized for young adults, parents of these children may not take their children for it.
The use of the Covid-19 vaccine in children is already slow.
“It is very important to have vaccine options for the youngest children; however, we have seen relatively low use of covid vaccines in children between the ages of 5 and 12, and so my concern is that this proportion is lower among the youngest children. It may be less than desired, “said Dr. John H. Snyder, director of the virology and vaccine research center at Beth Israel Decones Medical Center in Boston. Dan Baruch said Wednesday.
Baruch, who has not been involved in FDA or CDC decisions, helped develop and study the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.
He said there were “ideal” differences in how many adults are fully vaccinated compared to children and adolescents.
- 60% adolescents 12 to 17
- 64% of adults between the ages of 18 and 24
- 67% adults 25 to 39
- 75% adults 40 to 49
- 82% adults 50 to 64
- 94% adults 65 to 74
- 88% of adults aged 75 and over
“We are planning and preparing a rollout of pediatric vaccines. Of course, there is a lot of work to be done to see the use of this vaccine. Some surveys and surveys have revealed that the number is declining. , “Said Laurie Tremmel Freeman, chief executive officer of the National Association of County and City Health Officers.
“I think for some people the more the epidemic is in the rearview mirror – or the more they believe – the less they will be forced to do it and so we have a big campaign of public health education ahead of us.” Freeman said. “Also, local health departments will try to understand the landscape of their community, including how many providers, pediatricians and pharmacies have actually signed up to vaccinate.”
‘Benefits obviously outweigh risks’
According to FDA authorization, the Moderna vaccine can be given as a two-dose primary series, each dose in 25 micrograms, to infants and children aged 6 months to 5 years. For older children ages 6 to 11, the doses are 50 micrograms each.
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine can now be given as a three-dose primary series, 3 micrograms in each dose, to infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years.
The FDA’s vaccine advisor, Dr. Children who receive the Pfizer vaccine will have to complete a series of three doses to get adequate protection, Paul Offitt said Wednesday.
“I can support whether the benefits outweigh the risks, but I have some concerns about the vaccine,” said Ofit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital in Pennsylvania.
Dr. of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Janet Lee, who also serves on the FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, agreed.
“Three doses will definitely benefit. I’m very worried that many of these kids won’t get a third dose,” she said. “My concern is that you have to get three doses to get what you need.”
According to clinical trial data, common side effects of both vaccines include pain at the injection site, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. Vaccines produce the same immune response in children as in adults.
The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Organic Products Advisory Committee has ruled that the benefits of both vaccines outweigh the risks and that they have been “well tolerated” in children who have been vaccinated in clinical trials.
“The benefits outweigh the risks, especially for young children who are in kindergarten or in collective childcare,” said committee member Oveta Fuller, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School. Talk about modern vaccines.
The number of Kovid-19 hospitalizations and deaths in children is alarming and high compared to influenza-related deaths and hospitalizations, said Dr. Said Peter Marks.
“Still, during the Omicron wave, there was a relatively high rate of hospitalization during this period,” he said. “The hospitalization rate is really staggering, and it’s worse if you compare it to a severe influenza season.”
The death toll for children aged 4 and under in the first two years of the pandemic is “far more alarming than we’ve ever seen with influenza,” Marx said.
“We are facing a problem where I think we have to be careful not to be numb to the infant mortality rate due to the large number of elderly deaths here. Every life is important,” he added. . “
He further added that the Covid-19 vaccine is an intervention similar to the influenza vaccine, which is widely used and accepted to prevent death in all ages.
CNN’s Virginia Longmed contributed to this report.