Covid shots for little kids are DOA
The fawning media coverage notwithstanding, uptake has been pitifully low.
Despite a massive media and government pressure campaign, American parents are overwhelmingly rejecting Covid vaccines for their young children.
About one week after the shots became available, barely 1 percent of children under 5 have received mRNA jabs for Covid, data from several states show.
Even in California, among the bluest states, only about 2 percent of kids under 5 have been jabbed.
Demand is likely to be near zero going forward. The recent history of Covid shots shows that the increasingly tiny minority of mRNA fanatics get themselves or their children jabbed or boosted quickly after regulators okay new doses. So pent-up desire for new shots is likely nonexistent.
As usual, elite media outlets have largely refused to acknowledge this reality, instead running endless articles that seek to normalize and encourage the shots.
(CNN gonna CNN:)
But at this point many parents have seen and experienced the side effects of the vaccines for themselves. They also know firsthand that the shots do little if anything to stop Omicron infections (though they may not be aware how terrible the data truly are). And they know that Covid is a minuscule risk for children who are not already seriously ill, and that most kids have already been exposed.
(All the Sesame Street ads in the world can’t change reality. Congrats, Elmo. You’re in the 1 percent. Cute Band-Aid, though.)
But as it becomes clear just how few little kids have gotten the shots, any future media and public health pressure campaigns will look embarrassingly out-of-touch.
Someone may want to tell the Biden Administration: the less said about the pathetic decision to make these shots available for kids under 5, the better.
Oh, wait, too late.
Uncle Joe wins again!
As a board certified pediatrician, I am 100% against any Covid vaccinations for children. They have not been properly developed and studied and there is no long term safety data. The benefit:risk does not justify giving these vaccines to children. Virtually all of the pediatricians I know and work with feel exactly the same way but we have ALL been threatened by our medical societies with losing our medical license if we speak out against the vaccines or anything Covid related.
Driving down the freeway yesterday, I actually saw a billboard saying “leave our kids alone!” With an image of an X-ed out needle. I have never loved a billboard more.