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Letter: COVID-19 vaccine safe, effective

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

In response to the letter, “A word of caution on vaccines for youth,” (Readers Write, June 10).

This letter seems to urge caution in using COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 among children. The letter expresses dangerous and unfounded assumptions.

First, it minimizes the dangers of COVID-19 infection in children and implies that the risk/benefit of vaccinating may be unfavorable, and that parents should be cautious about getting their children vaccinated.

In the United States, four million children have contracted COVID-19. Last week alone, 16,000 children were diagnosed. COVID-19 is now one of the top ten causes of death in children.

Second, the letter states that the FDA-approved vaccine is “experimental” is an easily contestable statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend vaccination of children 12 and older.

As an “older” pediatrician who worked before there was a measles or ...

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