On Oct. 29, 2021 the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by five- to 11-year-old children under federal Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) guidelines. As California became the first state to announce that COVID vaccine will be required for children to attend school, districts in several other states plan to follow suit.1
While mainstream news presents the decision for children to be vaccinated using novel mRNA technology as widely undisputed, some physician researchers are calling on experts and the public alike to “apply the brakes” on such a hastily made decision.2
Unknown Long-Term Complications a Real Threat to Children
Recently, three highly credentialed physician researchers, who pioneered vaccine and experimental cancer drug invention for over 30 years, wrote an opinion article for The Washington Times expressing concern about the fast-tracked use of COVID vaccines in young children. In their article, Dr. Larry Kwak, Dr. Steven T. Rosen and Dr. Idit Shachar urge public health officials and doctors, as well as the public, to practice patience and caution and to engage in open and honest public debate about the potential long-term complications of giving children COVID vaccines. They warned:
We must be transparent that the real threat to children is the unknown long-term complications.2
The researchers admit that even full FDA licensure of COVID vaccines does not guarantee safety for any population and that forging ahead with giving the vaccine to children, who are at minimal risk for COVID-19 complications to begin with, “makes minimal sense without longitudinal data to review.”2
Potential Threats Include Autoimmunity and Crossing of the Blood Brain Barrier
Many arguing in favor of mandating the vaccine for school aged children state that this is no different than other vaccine mandates implemented for children. The three pharmaceutical product researchers disagree, stating that this is an “apples to oranges” comparison since there is not a long enough data on long term safety of COVID vaccines. They cite concern for the potential of mRNA vaccines to trigger autoimmune disease, promote the release of pro-inflammatory factors, and the fact that none of the mRNA vaccines have a “built in ‘off’ switch to control where they travel in the body and how long they persist there.”2
In addition, animal studies show traces of the spike protein in the brain, heart, and vital organs, which leads them to be concerned about potential negative effects of the vaccines crossing the developing blood brain barrier in children.2
No Health Professional Can Say COVID Vaccines Are “Unequivocally Safe” for Every Child
The physician researchers called for more long-term safety studies and “a more precise scientific approach” tailored to the individual.” They added:
There is still a lot that we don’t know about the long-term safety of available COVID-19 vaccines. Bottom line, no health professional in good conscience can look a parent in the eye today and say that these vaccines are unequivocally safe. As medical students, we took the Hippocratic oath, a promise to… ‘do no harm.’ Let us patiently wait for the competition of long-term safety studies before we rush ahead blindly with blanket public health solutions that may cause unintentional and irreparable harm.2
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1 Kamanetz A. Should schools require the COVID vaccine? Many experts say it’s too soon. NPR Nov. 19, 2021.
2 Kwak L. Rosen S, Shachar I. Applying brakes on ‘warp speed’ COVID-19 vaccinations for children. The Washington Times Oct. 28, 2021.