Skeptics Oppose “Experimental” Vaccines For Children Due to Low Risk of Serious Illness

After the FDA authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12-15 on May 10, vaccine skeptics used the fact that children have a lower risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 to argue that children should not receive the vaccine. The authorization has also reignited claims that COVID-19 vaccines are experimental, with many social media users stating that they will not vaccinate their child against a virus with an almost 100 percent recovery rate in children. Although children are at a lower risk from COVID-19, some children can and have experienced severe illness and death from the virus. According to national statistics from the American Pediatrics Association, 3.8 million children have had COVID-19, 15,000 have been hospitalized, and hundreds have died. Furthermore, the vaccines help prevent transmission of the virus, making vaccinating children an important step in protecting their loved ones and members of their community, especially those at a higher risk from COVID-19.

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