Updated August 10, 2022
WHY WE RECOMMEND COVID-19 VACCINATION
COVID vaccination is a critical tool to protect against COVID-19.
- The FDA has authorized children 6 mo and older to receive Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccines.
- COVID vaccination is a safer and more dependable way to build immunity to COVID than infection.
- Prior COVID-19 infection does not guarantee antibody protection from a future infection.
- < 10% of children who got COVID-19 before Omicron developed anti-Omicron antibodies.
- COVID vaccines don’t cause infertility, pregnancy, lactation or significant menstrual problems.
- COVID vaccines were developed without cutting corners: bit.ly/3bb4nUk & bit.ly/3sizg0u
- FDA-authorized COVID vaccines are effective against severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
COVID-19 infection risks
- > 1 million U.S. COVID-19 deaths and > 220,000 U.S. children have lost a parent or caregiver.
- Pediatric COVID‐19 cases & hospitalizations surged when Omicron surged (99.9% of U.S. cases).
- 1,201 pediatric COVID deaths through 8/6/22: 41% 0-4 yo; 32% 5-14 yo; 27% 15-17 yo.
- 14.2 million reported pediatric COVID cases; most are mild, some develop significant health problems:
- COVID infection may increase the risk of newly diagnosed diabetes in children and adults.
COVID-19 vaccination risks
- Over 357 million Pfizer & 227 million Moderna vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S.
- COVID-19 vaccines are part of the most intensive vaccine monitoring effort in U.S. history.
- Typical side effects: injection site pain/redness/swelling, fever/chills, fatigue, headache, muscle/joint pain, swollen lymph nodes.
- Moderna had a higher rate of side effects than Pfizer in the clinical trials for < 5 yo.
- The risk of myocarditis in 12-17 yo boys (the highest risk group) following COVID vaccination is up to 6 times lower compared to the risk of myocarditis after COVID infection.