I don't like this at all. It is normal to give young kids vaccines but the Covid vaccines have a lot of troublesome side effects -- so they could seriously harm immature immune systems. And the vaccines are of dubious efficacy against Omicron anyway. So why take the risk?
There is also a long history of risks being understated in safety studies -- some things not being counted, for instance -- so the study reported below is not very reassuring
Australia‘s medical regulator has approved the use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged under five.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration examined a North American clinical trial before making its decision on infants and children.
Moderna’s product, called Spikevax, has until now only allowed for people aged over six. Those people can get two doses of the vaccine, 28 days apart. People over 18 can also get it as a booster.
After Tuesday’s announcement, children as young as six months will be able to get the vaccine. Those under six years old will be recommended two Moderna doses.
The concentration of the vaccine’s active ingredient will be lower in doses given to small children.
The North American trial was conducted across several sites and involved 6000 participants aged between six months and six years old.
“The study demonstrated that the immune response to the vaccine in children was similar to that seen in young adults (18 to 25 years) with a favourable safety profile,” the TGA said.
“Clinical trials also showed that the safety profile in children is similar to that seen in adults. Most adverse events seen in clinical trials in children aged up to six were mild to moderate and generally reported after the second dose.
“These included irritability/crying, redness and/or swelling at injection site, fatigue, fever, muscle pain and axillary (groin) swelling or tenderness,” the TGA said.
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