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No, COVID-19 vaccines for children are no more deadly than the virus

2021-10-14T22:33:33.639Z

A social media post falsely claims that immunization has a death rate 174 times higher than the coronavirus. That's a lie: the disease does kill minors, but it is not clear that vaccines have caused a single death.



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By Tom Kertscher -

Politifact

In response to the news that California will require schoolchildren to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a user of the social network Twitter said that, among children, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have a mortality rate 174 times higher than the own virus.

The tweet, with a reference to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), read:

“The CDC numbers report that among children ages 5 to 17 who had COVID-19, there was 1 death for every 174,803 cases.

Pfizer & Moderna trials with children showed 1 death for every 1,000 vaccinated.

So California is actually demanding a vaccine with a mortality rate 174 times higher than the virus. "

A reader asked us to check if this statement is true.

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The first thing to say is that it

is false that the CDC has reported a higher death rate among vaccinated children

than the mortality rate of those who were infected with the virus.

In fact, the federal agency says there is no clear evidence that any of the three COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States have caused a single infant death.

What is happening in California?

The Oct. 1 tweet was written in response to Governor Gavin Newsom's announcement that California will be the first state to require COVID-19 vaccinations for children.

Newsom said California “will require our children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school.

This will take effect after full FDA approval, ”referring to the Food and Drug Administration. 

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At this time, the CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 12 get vaccinated against COVID-19.

But the FDA has only granted full approval to Pfizer's vaccine, now marketed under the name Comirnaty, and only for people over 16 years of age.

The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents ages 12-15, are administered through emergency use authorizations, also granted by the FDA.

Affirmation without support

The user on Twitter who pointed out a high mortality from the vaccine, also shared the image of a document with various accusations about its effect on children between 12 and 15 years old.

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It's not clear what type of document it is, but it says the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine trials each included 1,000 people between the ages of 12 and 15;

and that two 15-year-olds died from a Pfizer vaccine;

so it "has to be assumed" that both adolescents were part of the trials and therefore the death rate from the vaccine is 1 in 1,000.

The document also alleges that the death rate from COVID-19 for the 12-15-year-old group is 1 in every 174,803 cases, so the death rate from vaccination would be 174 times higher than the mortality from the virus.

But

the actual data does not confirm this

;

quite the opposite.

There were no deaths in the vaccine trials

The death rate from COVID-19 among children is very low.

As of September 30, 2021, 520 children have died from COVID-19 in 45 states in the United States, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Children's Hospitals.

That's a death rate of 0.01%.

There is no CDC data showing that the death rate from the vaccine is higher

than the death rate from COVID-19.

During the vaccine trials, there were no deaths among the 1,131 teens ages 12 to 15 who received the Pfizer injection, according to an April 2021 FDA document. There were also no deaths among the 2,489 people ages 12 to 17 who received the Moderna vaccine, according to an August 2021 medical journal.

In July 2021, the CDC reported 14 deaths among 8.9 million teens who received the Pfizer injection.

But none of those deaths were found to be vaccine-related, explained Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Florida.

There is no proof that vaccines are lethal

There is no clear evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have caused deaths

in the United States.

Researchers are still evaluating whether there is a connection between the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the rare types of blood clots that have caused some deaths, but those cases are very few.

The FDA requires healthcare providers to report any deaths after the COVID-19 vaccine to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), jointly administered by the CDC and FDA, even if It is not clear if the vaccine was related to that death.

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In the United States, more than 390 million COVID-19 vaccines were administered between December 14, 2020 and September 27, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 8,164 (0.0021%) reports of vaccinated people who died. . 

But the reports of adverse events VAERS receives, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that the vaccines caused a health problem.

Anyone can submit an adverse event report, but the reports are not verified.

Incomplete VAERS data is often used by vaccine opponents to support false claims about their safety.

In addition, on its website, the CDC explains that so far "the review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsies, and medical records, has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines."

Our verdict

One tweet claimed that "CDC numbers" show that among children, the death rate from Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines is "174 times higher" than from the virus itself.

There is no data to support this claim.

The CDC has not released figures showing that mortality from COVID-19 vaccines is higher than that from the virus among children.

There is not even clear evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have caused any deaths in the United States, according to the CDC.

Therefore, we

qualify the Twitter post as false

.

Source: telemundo

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