Pfizer Shots Protected Kids from Severe Covid-19(Omicron), Says CDC
According to US health officials, Pfizer shots still protect kids from severe Covid-19 and help them not get hospitalized or even lose their lives during the Omicron variant.
Although, a new study from CDC suggests that Pfizer shots are not very effective among 5-11-year-old kids compared to kids who are older than that, especially in terms of blocking milder infections. The question that arises is whether the small doses given to the kids under the age of 12 are low?
However, CDC collected multiple data from different states and concluded that the reason behind less effective Pfizer shots in kids has nothing to do with children’s age or doze size; it is because of the new Covid-19 variant: Omicron.
When it came to the highly contagious omicron variant, vaccination was less effective as compared to the initial versions of the virus. And the vaccination for the kids just started weeks before omicron spread like a wildfire.
CDC epidemiologist Ruth Link-Gelles says, “as a parent of a very young child, I think I would do everything to keep them out of the emergency department in the middle of the night.” She even added, “what we see from the data that we have is that the vaccine continues to provide good protection against more severe outcomes.”
Although doctors suggest that the available results may seem a little confusing, parents need to understand that the best way to prevent serious illness is by getting Pfizer shots.
Dr Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia says, “if you are vaccinated, you may get a milf infection, and we are just going to have to learn to live with that.”
The New York study was very small to reach any conclusions, said Dr Paul Offit, and he also added that he doesn’t have any records of the kids that have tested at home instead of at a clinic. Most kids admitted to his hospital with severe Covid-19 symptoms are unvaccinated, “and it’s hard to watch”, says Dr Paul Offit.
According to the new CDC reports on Tuesday, nine deaths of children who were vaccinated, aged between 5-17, were recorded during April and early January compared to 121 deaths of unvaccinated children of the same age.
Also, CDC collected reports of pediatric hospitalizations from 10 states between April 2021 to January 2022 end. After studying it thoroughly, they concluded that 74% of the vaccine was proved effective against hospitalization as compared to 59 unvaccinated children.
In reality, vaccination was about 92%-94% effective against 12-15-year-olds and 16-17-year-olds that were admitted to the hospitals. The effectiveness of the vaccination was recorded in the teens that were admitted to the hospital during the delta variant. While the kids aged 12 or younger were hospitalized during the omicron wave that started in early December.
The report submitted on Tuesday by CDC also suggests that when omicron was at its peak, the vaccine prevented emergency room or urgent care visits for 5-11-year-olds by as much as 51%.
The bottom line is Pfizer shots still protect kids from severe Covid-19. Dr Eric Rubin, an infectious disease specialist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, says, “it is disappointing that at least two doses of vaccine don’t last very long, but it’s still better than nothing.” He further adds that “there is a real benefit. It’s totally measurable. And the risks to be extraordinarily low.”
According to Source: wsj.com
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