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Letter: A word of caution on vaccines for youth

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

An article in the May 27 paper titled “Parents should feel confident about vaccinating children” says the FDA has approved the vaccine for “emergency use” in children aged 12-15.

“Emergency use” allows the FDA to circumvent the usual testing for safety. Vaccine clinical trials typically last 5-10 years and sometimes longer. Because of this anyone taking the vaccine is part of the ongoing clinical trial.

Research shows that children in this age group are at little to no risk for adverse reaction to the Covid virus, according to the CDC.

CDC data shows that Americans, regardless of age group, are far more likely to die of something other than Covid, including those in the most impacted age group, 85 and older. Only 13.3% of all deaths since February 2020 were due to Covid. Only 0.2% were younger than 25.

CDC survivability numbers by age group: 20 years and younger, 99.997%; 20-49, 99.8%; 50-69, 99.5%.

Former Pfizer Vice President and Chief Scie...

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