Should I Vaccinate my Child Against Covid?

Make your decision after doing your homework on the risk and benefits

It’s the million-dollar question parents are asking themselves. With mixed messages from mainstream media and the medical industry, parents are left wondering who they can trust and what the risks (or benefits) are for their children. I have a nine-month-old daughter, Lara, who was hospitalized for a week after her birth for Covid. Would I vaccinate her now against Covid? Not in a million years, even if she hadn’t been exposed to the virus. This is a personal choice based on a fact-based risk assessment. I will provide you with the information, and you can make your own informed decision.

Essentially, you have two choices, weighing the risks of the vaccine against your healthy child’s risk from contracting Covid or, in the second instance, balancing the vaccine risk against any pre-existing conditions your child may have that would make contracting Covid dangerous.

I’m not anti-vaccine, just to get that out the way. Lara’s had all her other shots and I am a firm believer in time-proven vaccines, like the polio and measles vaccine. Actual vaccines that prevent infection and control or eliminate disease. We all know by now that this description does not apply to the Covid “vaccines”. We aren’t dealing with actual vaccines when it comes to Covid and the risks of “vaccination”, based on fact, may far outweigh the benefits. Especially when it comes to mRNA technology.

This is a lengthy article, but if you’re here, I assume it’s out of concern for your child and wanting to establish risk, benefit and fact before you take the leap. This article will provide this, along with a basic overview of the technology involved in the vaccines.

Is mRNA dangerous?

Unproven medicines carry risk, particularly in the long term. It is one of the main reasons medicines can take five to eight years or in many instances even longer, to reach the marketplace, or rather patients. Side effects that are immediate are often picked up in clinical trials, but other side effects can take years to manifest. In the case of mRNA it becomes even more complex. As we are dealing with gene-based medicines, in the case of mRNA, side effects may only become evident in your offspring.

It’s a whole new ball game and one we’ve been working toward for the last decade. Make no mistake, mRNA medicines offer the promise of targeted individual treatment that could eradicate diseases like cancers. They are exciting and potentially life-saving. They are the future of medicine and we may have just seriously diminished their long-term credibility in the market place in one foul swoop, in an ill-conceived effort to medicate the entire planet against Covid.

Until the pandemic, mRNA treatments were restricted to end of life patients. Why? Well, we working tirelessly to better understand the risks involved in the technology and these treatments were only approved for people that had no other choice to prolong their lives. Impending death voids risk.

Then came Covid, and along with it, the need to make people feel safe and reboot our social connections and economies. Governments, perhaps in desperation, seized on the rapidly developed mRNA treatments, incorrectly labelled them as vaccines (instead of immunizations), and in doing so created a public perception. Get the shot and you’re safe. Why wouldn’t you be, that’s what vaccines do. In truth though, and as the public has discovered in recent months, these mRNA treatments were not vaccines. They do not prevent infection, transmission or the Covid disease.

The hurried Covid clinical trials were filled with flaws (more on this further into the article), both from the companies contracted to run the trials and in the reporting of the results. This article isn’t about allocating blame however, it is simply about sharing information, facts and the simple realities are that the original Covid mRNA clinical trials for adults were themselves flawed. Then came the trials for children.

What your child and mice have in common.

Easily answered. Pretty much nothing, aside from an established pattern of using mice in trials to establish human compatibility, and if you’re wondering why this question, it is because the approval by the FDA for vaccinating your child with mRNA technology was based on trials conducted on mice. Yup, you heard right. Mice, and to add insult to injury, only a few mice. Worth mentioning at this point, that success in mice doesn’t always translate into a viable product in humans.

Mice are commonly used in what we call “surrogate trials” and the easiest way to understand this is with an example one of my colleagues recently brought up, that of statins, a group of drugs used to lower your cholesterol levels. Statins were rigorously trialed over a long period of time and overcame numerous hurdles to become one of the best tolerated and safest drugs doctors have at their disposal. New companies soon added their own versions of these drugs, and, as we already knew by this stage how well tolerated the drugs were, these companies were allowed to use mice in so called surrogate trials, where the unfortunate, unpaid rodents got to stand in for human subjects.

No harm, no foul, simply science using hard won and long established protocols for safely testing a drug. Up until the pandemic, mRNA had been subject to the same safety protocols.

mRNA drugs may not be well tolerated and may not be safe to use. The truth is we simply don’t know enough yet of their long term effects and can only pray that the world’s largest clinical trial (read the Covid vaccination drive) proves them safe in the long term. We may have to wait a generation to establish their real impact on patients. This is a simple scientific fact. No long term safety data exists for mRNA medicines.

Establishing your child’s risk from SARS-COV2

If you’re a responsible parent, you’ve probably had your child immunized and vaccinated against a host of serious diseases. We do this to protect our children. For instance, young males contracting Mumps can, as a side effect of the disease, end up sterile. Measles, polio and many other childhood diseases can be potentially fatal and debilitating. The question you should be asking then, is how does Covid affect young children?

In the case of certain conditions that leave your child immune compromised, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and certain other conditions I will list at the end of the article, getting your child vaccinated against Covid makes sense. The risk of serious adverse events (SAE’s) from the vaccines are mitigated by your child’s likelihood to develop serious Covid. In other words, Covid poses more of a threat to your child than the mRNA vaccines. You must address risk-risk alongside risk-benefit.

“42 studies containing 275,661 children without comorbidities and 9,353 children with comorbidities were included. Severe COVID-19 was present in 5.1% of children with comorbidities, and in 0.2% without comorbidities”

Tsankov BK, Allaire JM, Irvine MA, Lopez AA, Sauvé LJ, Vallance BA, Jacobson K. Severe COVID-19 Infection and Pediatric Comorbidities: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Int J Infect Dis. 2021 Feb;103:246-256. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2020.11.163. Epub 2020 Nov 20. PMID: 33227520; PMCID: PMC7679116.

One of the conclusions drawn in the above study (linked in footer) was that it was impossible from the data to identify which comorbidities in children led to more serious Covid, but one stood out in the data, namely obesity.

It’s important to recognize that your child may also be suffering from an as-yet undiagnosed condition that would make them more susceptible to serious Covid. While other non-mRNA vaccines address Covid, none of these have yet achieved regulatory approval for use in children under 12 (see list in footer).

If you are however the lucky owner of a healthy hobbit, then you can with a high degree of confidence, assume your child will simply shrug off the Covid virus with minimal side effects. It would appear that Covid, particularly the current strains, to which children seem to be more susceptible (although this may simply be the effect of reopening schools, a know driver for influenza) does not prove deadly to young healthy adults or children. Only in extremely rare instances do healthy children develop serious Covid.

In short, Covid poses a very, very low health risk to healthy children of all ages. The same can not currently be said for the mRNA vaccines with a slew of widely reported, serious side effects, including heart-related damage. While there may as yet be some unfathomable reason for the vaccines not being linked to these reports (a scenario which seems less and less likely as time progresses), the onus of proving the vaccines are not at fault lies with the pharma companies. In this authors opinion they are too heavily invested in the products to address these concerns, so revert to lobbying to ensure the vaccines continued use.

Natural Immunity versus the mRNA shots

This is a non-starter right from the outset. It’s a little like pitting an elephant against a mouse in a tug of war. Naturally acquired immunity always trumps artificially prompted immunity, but this isn’t even really a discussion we should be having. mRNA treatments do not invoke immunity in the patient as they aren’t vaccines. You can still be infected, so you expose your child’s body to two sets of challenges by opting for the vaccine.

  • In the first instance your child’s body must deal with the artificially introduced spike protein in the mRNA shot. This spike protein rapidly spreads throughout the patient’s body, embedding itself in all their organs, including the heart and brain, eliciting in some cases, a massive immune response. It is, what many suspect, leads to the SAE’s.
  • Your child will still contract Covid at a later date, prompting another immune response and placing more stress on their tiny systems.

Worth mentioning here is that your child may very well already have been infected by the SARS-COV2 virus and simply shrugged it off, or only felt out of sorts for a few days. We do not test for prior infection before vaccinating a child or adult, suggesting that “wholesale vaccination” rather than individual treatment and the best interests of the patient drove the pandemic vaccination strategy. Natural acquired immunity was completely ignored.

ALWAYS test your child for Covid prior to opting for the vaccine, as administering the mRNA vaccines on top of an active Covid infection can be debilitating for the patient. This strategy is also recommended for adults.

Establishing real risk for mRNA Vaccines in children

As I mentioned earlier, the rushed clinical trials were about as far away from normal pharma and FDA protocols as you can get while still having your treatment approved, and then some. With the pandemic in full flow, we waived all sorts of standard safety protocols, including the usual “wait and see” phase which can run into years for most medicines. We are still unable to predict Covid risk accurately but Table 1 below sets out to do that based on data collected across the United Kingdom. This data is based on deaths prior to the vaccines being released.

You can see in the first line that prior to the vaccine roll out, the survival rate in children was 99.9973%. Knowing this, the decision to use an improperly trialed new technology with as yet, undetermined long term side effects and a known list of SAE’s that stretches into pages, was nothing short of criminal. The scientific community and governments rubber stamped mass vaccination knowing full well that their justification (looking out for others) lacked substance. mRNA vaccines did not reduce transmission, infection or the disease itself, only providing middling protection against death.

Now, the same institutions are advising you vaccinate your child. Below, a few more facts about the mRNA trials.

  • The original trial revealed that a person was 95% ‘less likely’ to catch the autumn 2020 variant of COVID-19. This is known in medical speak as relative risk reduction, but to know the true value of any treatment one needs to understand for that person, by how much is their individual risk reduced by the vaccine – that is, the absolute individual risk reduction.

This is a very important point, as we base risk assessments on the real world efficacy of a product and this point is explained in stunning clarity by a recent article in the Journal of Insulin Resistance titled Curing the pandemic of misinformation on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines through real evidence-based medicine, ISSN: (Online) 2519-7533, (Print) 2412-2785. I’ve extracted the relevant part below to further explain the point of absolute individual risk reduction. It matters in adults, but 10 times more so in the case of healthy children.

Importantly, it turns out that the trial results suggest that the vaccine was only preventing a person from having a symptomatic positive test, and the absolute risk reduction for this was 0.84% (0.88% reduced to 0.04%). In other words, if 10000 people had been vaccinated and 10000 had not, for every 10000 people vaccinated in trial 4 would have tested positive with symptoms compared to 88 who were unvaccinated. Even in the unvaccinated group, 9912 of the 10000 (over 99%) would not have tested positive during the trial period. Another way of expressing this is that you would need to vaccinate 119 people to prevent one such symptomatic positive test (assumed to be indicative of an infection, which, in itself, is potentially misleading but beyond the scope of this article).

This absolute risk reduction figure (0.84%) is extremely important for doctors and patients to know but how many of them were told this when they received the shot? Transparent communication of risk and benefit of any intervention is a core principle of ethical evidence-based medical practice and informed consent.

Clearly, these facts dramatically impact the risk profile of these medicines. For healthy adults and children, the risk of developing serious Covid is outweighed by the risk of SAE’s for the vaccine. It’s a simple case of diminishing returns in terms of actual benefit to the patient and the vaccine is found wanting. The diminished benefits to healthy patients are outweighed by the vaccine’s SAE’s, known or otherwise. Table 2 below lays out very clearly how many people required a vaccine per age group to prevent a single death.

For those who are math orientated, the quoted article’s author lays out the methodology to arrive at your absolute risk reduction from the vaccine for an adult aged 44.

If there is a 1 in 119 chance the vaccine protects you from getting symptomatic infection from ancestral variants, then to find the protection against death, this figure (n = 119) must be multiplied by the number of infections that lead to a single death for each age group. This would give (for up to two months after the inoculation) the absolute risk reduction (for death) from the vaccine. For example, if my risk at age 44 from dying from Delta (should I get infected with it) is 1 in 3000, then the absolute risk reduction from the vaccine protecting me from death is 1 over 3000 multiplied by 119, that is, 1 per 357000.

  • Trial participants were limited to the type of adverse event they could report on their digital apps, and some participants who were hospitalized after inoculation were withdrawn from the trial and not reported in the final results.
  • After two months into the pivotal trials, the FDA allowed vaccine companies to offer the vaccine to subjects in the placebo group, essentially torpedoing any chance of properly recording adverse events from that point on, forcing a reliance of pharmacovigilance data.
  • Trials in children did not show a reduction in symptomatic infections but instead used the surrogate measure of antibody levels in the blood to define efficacy, even though the relationship between Wuhan-spike vaccine-induced antibody levels and protection from infection is tenuous, at best. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDAs) own website states that: Results from currently authorized SARS-COV-2 antibody tests should not be used to evaluate a person’s level of immunity or protection from COVID-19 at any time, and especially after the person received a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • SAE’s reports are numerous and sadly appear far more common place than the governments and pharma suggest. In some instances, the mRNA vaccines are potentially harmful.

The general public associated a reduction in deaths with the original mRNA Covid trial. This was however not the case and in fact, no such data was presented, only interpreted as such by governments and health authorities, the scientific community and the media, placing a positive spin on the results. Again, from the article in the Journal of Insulin Resistance quoted above.

“Contrary to popular belief, what the trial did not show was any statistically significant reduction in serious illness or COVID-19 mortality from the vaccine over the 6-month period of the trial, but the actual numbers of deaths (attributed to COVID-19) are still important to note. There were only two deaths from COVID-19 in the placebo group and one death from COVID-19 in the vaccine group. Looking at all-cause mortality over a longer period, there were actually slightly more deaths in the vaccine group (19 deaths) than in the placebo group (17 deaths).”

Sadly, most websites still misreport the efficacy of the vaccines and vaccine related articles are often riddled with inaccuracies, even sites like Yale Medicine, which in a recently updated article (Oct 2022) continues to enforce the misconception of how effective the vaccines are. The quote below is taken directly from the article and is indicative of how scientific institutions continue to spread the pandemic vaccine narrative, confusing the public and essentially misleading them. The article also downplays the associated risks of the Covid vaccines.

“When Pfizer-BioNTech applied for FDA authorization for its vaccine in December 2020, its initial Phase 3 clinical data surpassed expectations with 95% efficacy, based on an independent analysis by the FDA.”

Kathy Kattela

A few parting thoughts

I have, for the last two years, spoken out strongly against the practice of enforcing Emergency Use medications on the public, through mandates or by coercion. Unfortunately, we set off down this path, restricting our children’s access to education based on their vaccine status. Now we are trying to coerce millions of parents across the globe to continue accepting the risk posed by mRNA shots and expose their children to potentially life threatening side effects, when the disease itself poses a very, very limited risk to healthy children.

No one should have the right to enforce potentially life threatening treatments on your child unless the end result is justified and they have made a risk based case for the use of the treatment. I have shown you how they have failed to do this and how, in reality, you have been misled over the duration of the pandemic about the efficacy and risks of the mRNA vaccines. Everything you’ve read above is fact and can be easily and readily verified.

As a parent I even advised my older adult children to avoid the mRNA vaccines and they all opted for the more traditional vaccines offered by the likes of Johnson & Johnson, where known SAE’s were all they had to contend with, rather than roll the dice on an untested genetic treatment employing a novel method of delivery.

I hope the article has been informative and that it in some small way helps you find peace as a parent concerned for the long term and immediate health of your child. Remember, the choice of vaccinating your child against Covid is yours.

Further Information

Covid treatments approved for children

  • Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine for children ages 6 months through 4 years
  • Moderna mRNA vaccine for children ages 6 months through 5 years
  • Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 9 years
  • Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 through 11
  • Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, now called Comirnaty, for people age 12 through 17
  • Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 through 17
  • Novavax non-mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for people age 12 and older

Conditions in children that may increase the risk of serious Covid

  • Obesity
  • Cancers
  • Conditions that affect the child’s immune response
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Chronic Lung Disease other than Asthma
  • Seizure Disorders

Further reading

European Medicines Agency: Assessment Report, Covid19 Vaccine Moderna

National Library of Medicine: Severe COVID-19 Infection and Pediatric Comorbidities: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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Robert is a Founder of Medika Life. He is a published author and owner of Cre8tive Digital Media. He lives between the Philippines and the UK. and is an outspoken advocate for human rights. Access to basic healthcare and eradicating racial and gender bias in medicine are key motivators behind the Medika website and reflect Robert's passion for accessible medical care globally.
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