Op-Ed Arguing Against COVID-19 Vaccination for Kids Used by Anti-Vaxxers

A Wall Street Journal op-ed that has been shared more than 45,000 times on social media asserts that the CDC and FDA lack sufficient evidence to move forward with vaccination for children. The author is a physician associated with Johns Hopkins who has been outspoken in his opposition to the CDC and claims that data is being inflated to move the so-called vaccine agenda forward. The op-ed has been amplified by people known to spread conspiracy theories, using the author’s credentials to validate the argument. In its guidance for parents, Johns Hopkins Medicine says “Experts, including those at Johns Hopkins, believe that the benefits of being vaccinated for COVID-19 outweigh the risks.”

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