Article uses VAERS to falsely claim vaccines are not necessary or safe for children

An article published in “Toxicology Reports” asserts that there is insufficient evidence to continue vaccinating children against COVID-19 because they are at low risk of dying from the disease. The article focuses primarily on the cost-benefit analysis of COVID-19 vaccine safety versus potential risk from COVID-19 in children, relying entirely on VAERS-reported adverse events. The study concludes that COVID-19 deaths in children are “negligible” compared to VAERS-reported deaths. In fact, no confirmed pediatric deaths caused by COVID-19 vaccines have been reported in the more than 13 million children who have received at least one vaccine dose. While children are at low risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, more than 22,000 children have been hospitalized with the disease in the U.S. to date, and children can spread the virus to caregivers and other adults. The article also concludes that most people who died from COVID-19 “probably would have died from the flu or many of the other comorbidities they had.” Contrary to the article’s argument that COVID-19 deaths had no impact on mortality rates, COVID-19 resulted in nearly half a million excess deaths in 2020 and remains the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

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