Is the vaccine safe for children? New CDC report weighs up Pfizer jab benefits for kids


The idea of injecting children with vaccines can be scary, but now through cutting edge research the Covid jab’s safety has been confirmed. Read on for everything you need to know about children and the vaccine

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Lauren McLean, 15 from Newcastle receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Excelsior Academy on September 22, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The Excelsior Academy on Denton Road in Newcastle is the first school in the North East and North Cumbria to offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination to healthy 12-15-year-olds where parents have provided consent. This week the NHS and local School Age Vaccination Services begin immunising children aged 12 to 15 on advice from the UK's four Chief Medical Officers, in a move to reduce the disruption to education caused by COVID-19. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) confirmed that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for 12 to 17-year-olds. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
On Christmas Day and Boxing Day a total of 59 children aged under five were admitted to hospital

The coronavirus pandemic has seen nearly all of us faced with many firsts.

For most, going into lockdown was a first, as were social distancing and travel restrictions.

Getting a Covid jab too – a piece of cutting edge science at the forefront of virology and immunisation – has been a justifiable yet untrodden step.

But for many, a preparedness to leap into the unknown has faltered when it comes to their children, with vaccine hesitancy playing a continuous part in getting under 18s inoculated.

But despite this, many children are still being administered the vaccine, with data showing the jab is safe for our young.

In the USA, more than 8 million doses of the vaccine have been administered to 5-11-year-olds.

Is the covid vaccine safe for kids?

The CDC has said the jab is regarded as safe for children
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Two studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that getting the vaccine is safer for children than not having it.

One study looked at potential dangers of the vaccine in children and another looking at the rate of child hospitalisations.

The first study found that serious problems from the vaccine in children were very rare, while the second found that almost all children who went to the hospital with Covid over the last six months had not been vaccinated at all.

With the majority of children have received the vaccine without suffering any side effects, evidence shows that it is far safer than running the risk of getting Covid without a vaccine.

In the UK, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed that the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine is safe and effective for children.

Covid jab side effects in children

Many children have reported pain in the spot they received the jab and a headache after the second dose. Fatigue has also been a commonly reported side effect.

The Center For Disease Control reports that 13% had a fever after their second jab.

Rare cases of myocarditis – an inflammation of the heart muscle – have been linked to the vaccine but are scarce.

At the time of writing The Center For Disease Control (CDC) report that only 11 cases have been reported of which seven have recovered and four were in the process of recovering when their report was published.

The CDC reports myocarditis cases are highest amongst boys and men aged 12 to 29.

What vaccines do children get?

In the UK children aged 12 to 15 get the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, according to the NHS.

How many vaccines do children get?

At the time of writing 12-15-year-olds are eligible for two doses of the vaccine, with two doses giving stronger and longer-lasting protection than one.

Many children will be able to get their vaccines through their schools.

How are children’s vaccines tested?

The CDC has produced information on how the vaccine has been approved for children. The information includes a breakdown of the various phases of testing that have been completed to ensure the jab was safe for young people.

Follow the link above or here for the full breakdown of how the vaccine was tested.

As well as UK information, data from Israel and Canada has also helped experts conclude that the vaccine is safe for children.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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