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Colorado health experts worry COVID vaccination rates for babies, toddlers will be low

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - On Tuesday, Pfizer submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use Authorization on its COVID-19 vaccine for kids under five. But dismal vaccination numbers for kids five to 11 are leading some to worry the same trend will continue for babies and toddlers.

"If we've seen vaccine hesitancy in our adult population, that definitely tends to have a trickle-down and amplification effect on the decisions that parents make about vaccinating their children,” said Dr. Becky Blackwell, Pediatrician and Chief Medical Officer for Centura Health's St. Anthony Summit Hospital.

This is a concern because there are cases of children getting seriously ill from COVID, and even those who have mild-to-no symptoms can still spread the virus to vulnerable people.

"Children tend to get a lot of flu and a lot of viral contagious illnesses because they're little children and they share and their personal hygiene isn't perfect," said Dr. Blackwell. "That's part of being a child. So anything that a parent can do to protect their child from those illnesses, particularly something like COVID that we know can be significant and serious for some children, will help both their child and our community at large."

In Colorado, only around 29 percent of kids five to 11 are fully vaccinated, and that number is even lower nationally at about 22 percent.

"I think one misconception I hear a lot, is that parents are worried that it was rushed or made too quickly," said Dr. Elisabeth Vanse, Medical Director of Pediatrics at Peak Vista. "What I try to reassure families is that it had to go through all the same testing, all the same safety protocols as any other vaccine that we would get as adults or the other childhood vaccines. On top of that, now the vaccine has been out for almost a year for adults, and so there's been a lot of people closely watching as it's been given out, and we have not seen any serious side effects with kids in the five to 11 year age group or the 12 to 17 age group.”

Another hesitation cited is the fear the vaccine could affect growth or have side effects that pop up later on in life. But doctors say rare, severe side effects don’t take that long and will start to show within a couple of months at the latest.

"The vaccine side effects are usually very close to when you get the vaccine, within a day or two days," said Dr. Vanse. "We can never say never and that there won't be a long term side effects, but the chance of that is extremely low and wouldn't be the case with any other vaccines that we've seen.”

One thing that could increase vaccinations for kids under five, is the fact they’re already in the doctor's office for other shots every few months.

"Kids that are six months to four years old are getting childhood vaccines really frequently," said Dr. Vanse. "So they're here in the office a little bit more often than school-age kids. So as a pediatrician, I'll have some more opportunities to talk to them and answer questions. You can also do the COVID vaccine along with any of your other childhood vaccines.”

Doctors say if you're still concerned about the vaccine or the effects it may have on your child, the best resource you have is your child's pediatrician.

"Parents are more cautious of their children," said Dr. Vanse. "We want to make sure this vaccine is safe, we want to make sure anything we do for them is not going to be harmful. I'd like to reassure families this is safe, it is effective, it has been tested. Also, the kids that are five to 11 get a smaller dose than the adult dose, it's a third of the adult vaccine, which I think is important for families to know too."

The FDA's independent advisers are already scheduled to have a public hearing on Feb. 15.

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Mallory Anderson

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  1. If parents don’t trust Big Pharma and our Government with our children ages 5-17, why would we trust them for our younger children?
    “”Parents are more cautious of their children,” said Dr. Vanse. “We want to make sure this vaccine is safe, we want to make sure anything we do for them is not going to be harmful. I’d like to re@ssure families this is safe, it is effective, it has been tested…”

    How has it been tested for long term when the first vaccine not under EUA usage was authorized on August 21, 2021? or 5 months and 13 days ago.
    “Vaccine development is a long, complex process, often lasting 10-15 years and involving a combination of public and private involvement.”
    https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/vaccine-development-testing-and-regulation
    Even if one considers that the Pfizer vaccine started phase 3 testing July 27, 2020. Or 1 year 6 months and 6 days ago
    Hard to complete 10-15 years of testing in only 1 year 6 months and 6 days.
    But there I go bringing logic and reason into this topic again.

    1. The article you quote also points out right above your quote that “the mRNA vaccine technology used in the vaccines dates back to the 1990s.” And did you read the part describing the phases of testing, which start long before the phase 3 testing you state? So you chose to ignore the parts of the article, which indicates that it’s actually been in development and testing for over 20 years. The whole process has been tailored to be adaptable very quickly to new strains of viruses, hence the relatively short Phase 3 testing.
      Your “logic and reason” are both missing a few pieces, which is why it appears to fit your agenda.

      1. So you are saying that they began testing the SARS CO-VID-19 testing 20 years ago…
        a couple of follow-up questions,
        1. Why was it not called SARS CO-VID-1999 then?
        2. If they were testing this vaccine back in 1999, why did it take so long to roll out?
        3. Or are you only generalizing the mRNA vaccines as a broad term and @ssuming because the process of mRNA vaccines are all going to be tested identically and therefore they do not need to be individually tested for long-term testing?
        4. Why does Dr. Robert Malone (the founder of mRNA vaccines) disagree with how these vaccines were implemented?
        5. “The whole process has been tailored to be adaptable very quickly to new strains of viruses, hence the relatively short Phase 3 testing.” So traditional long-term testing doesn’t apply for each individual mRNA vaccine?
        This isn’t my agenda, this is the scientific method and information posted by “Credible sources”.

        1. Let’s clear up the biggest of your misstatements. Dr. Malone is not credited as being the founder (or inventor) of mRNA vaccines despite what he claims personally. Some of his early work (while he was a graduate student) involved conducting studies on mRNA technology, and some very useful data emerged from those studies, but he did not invent it. And he has since conducted a number of studies where the evidence he presented was questionable at best. Because of his false claims, he has a HUGE chip on his shoulder, which turned him into a person spreading disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.

          1. Thank you for your opinion on 1 of the 5 questions. Are you simply ignoring the other 4?

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    1. You forgot to change the A in P@SS…you left the word @ss in the open lol…shame on you! lol

        1. So you make everyone else do a conversion from the binary? That sounds really efficient, and inconsiderate.

  3. “We have not seen any serious side effects with kids in the five to 11 year age group or the 12 to 17 age group.””

    ummm what about all those young boys who got myocarditis??
    THAT’S NOT SERIOUS??
    What is soooo wrong is that Pfizer is driving this bus-the same folk who are profiting BILLIONS in the last 4 quarters each- telling the government what they should think. Of course, they want boosters and all age groups with multiple boosters.
    As for just “adding them” to childhood shots “because the kids are in the dr offices anyway getting shots” – THAT’s NOT SCIENCE-its about following the MONEY -NOT the science in this case. Covid is becoming endemic. Coronaviruses have been with us for a LONG time-not just the last two years. THIS WILL P@SS.Too many “vaccinated” people getting and spreading Covid these days. My immune system will work if called upon. and it’s free and doesn’t need a mandate to go into action.

    1. The known risks of COVID-19 illness and its related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death, far outweigh the potential risks of having a rare adverse reaction to vaccination, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis.

        1. They’re both possibilities because they are known to have happened. But the probability of either of them happening is FAR lower than the likelihood of death or serious disability due to Covid itself, which is also well-known to have happened.
          .
          Do you not understand the difference between possibility and probability?

          1. Yes I do. Isn’t 9 out of 1000 a mortality rate of .09? Not really a statistic that should blow anyone’s skirt up. Do you understand you are far more likely to die from cancer than CO-VID. Treating symptoms rather than the main underlying problem has a larger profit margin for Big Pharma. Too bad the medical industry doesn’t focus on Medicine more than financial gain.

  4. “The COVID mortality rate of healthy children under the age of 11 is approximately zero.” Pleading with those who defend freedom, Kelly said: “NOW IS THE TIME. IT IS TIME TO FIGHT. Write your governor, your congressmen and write letters to the editor. Go to a rally. Call your director. Do what you normally don’t…can you do that? It’s too much. It’s time. And vote. Freedom is a right. We must insist on its return.” childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/megyn-kelly-moms-covid-restriction.. (02/01/2022)..

    It’s all lies from top to bottom. Everything you see or read is an orchestrated narrative that’s been crafted to sell a story for you to believe. Read that again, because that’s the big lie they don’t want you to understand. You were not alerted to a “pandemic-level pathogenic disease causing agent” by your own senses, observations or experience. You were conditioned by propaganda to believe in a pandemic-level pathogenic disease causing agent by the media, the pharmaceutical industry, and government. 99% of people falsely certified as having ‘died from covid’ actually died from their preexisting conditions being exacerbated by m@ss medical malpractice and ‘public health’ despotism, the other 1% simply died of old age. From the CDC itself 7/16/21: “Of the 540,667 hospitalized coronavirus patients included in the study, 80,174 died during the observation period (March 2020 to March 2021).

    A whopping 99.1% of the patients who died had at least one pre-existing condition, with just 740 having no prior condition on record. Most patients who died from COVID had multiple pre-existing conditions, with just 2.6% suffering from only one condition, compared to 32.3% who had two to five preexisting conditions, 39.1% who had six to ten, and 25.1% who have more than ten preexisting conditions.” Translation: No one has ‘died from covid’ as “covid” is nothing more than a fraudulent PCR result plus a nebulous clinical re-branding of cold, flu and many other disease conditions.

  5. And who are the “experts”? Fraudci? Politicians? “Bought and paid for Scientists”…Colorado health experts? This is absolutely laughable…so called “experts” worried about children and babies? They should be prosecuted!

    1. I’d rather trust real experts than people who hear of some snake-oil salesperson’s version of what’s safe or dangerous.

  6. I hope to God they ARE low. Health experts or health parrots? I long for the days of solid science and “experts” with spines.

  7. “Colorado health experts worry COVID vaccination rates for babies, toddlers will be low”
    How can these people be experts in the covid vaccine if they, the govt and Pfizer, are not allowed to have any information to make an informed decision of what patients should and should not get the shot. If it was so safe why did Pfizer file to have their clinical trials results sealed for 30 years?
    It really makes me upset when they find doctors who just follow the narrative of everyone needs the shot. They don’t take into account that since the beginning of the pandemic in Colorado only 7 kids have died from COVID under the age of 9. You then break that down to kids 5 and under…..ready…..2. Only two and they come out and say stuff like:
    “…particularly something like COVID that we know can be significant and serious for some children.”
    “This is a concern because there are cases of children getting seriously ill from COVID..”
    Sorry media Docs the statistics do not support your comments. Any you wonder why people distrust you parrot doctors who don’t think for themselves and just inject anyone if they need it or not.

  8. Also they do not tell you how many kids of that age actually had to be hospitalized for COVID.
    Trying to extrapolate it I come up with a total of approx 25 in the 0-5 year old age range.
    So why would I get my kids the shot when they are not getting sick or being killed from it?
    As I always say. More kids are hurt and die in Car Crashes in Colorado than COVID. Do we see legislation on child seat belt, car seat laws? Nope.

  9. Ok last one for me, As you can tell I am p@ssionate about this topic.
    Other articles all talk about the end of the pandemic is here and Colorado is seeing the end of this. The numbers are dropping and life is going back to normal. Now Get Every Kid The Shot ohhh my now kids 0-4 years old need the shot…..wait what?..?.. I though it was over. Should I go get my kids a polio shot also? Put them on a treatment for Tuberculosis? SMH

    1. I’m pâssionate about it too. After spending a good part of my life saving the life of once child at a time, I get really pïssed off at people who really don’t understand the medical profession and the way they always do their best for their patients, whatever their beliefs.

  10. You bunch of morons putting this poison in your kids. Wake the hell up!!! They want us all dead.

    1. And it’s people like you continuing to spread disinformation who really pïss me off.

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