A researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 998 young children suffered nonserious responses after getting COVID-19 vaccinations.
Doctor Tom Shimabukuro Friday explained data behind reports entered into the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The results detailed experiences of children between six months and four years old who received a Pfizer vaccine and children between six months and five years of age who got the Moderna jab.
Shimabukuro presented the data (pdf) to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises the CDC on vaccine guidance. A key finding of the VAERS data he discussed stated no evidence was noted of an increased risk for myocarditis following mRNA COVID-19 vaccinations in children ages six months to five years.
VAERS is a joint national vaccine safety surveillance program operated by the CDC in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration.
The overwhelming majority of reported adverse events describe outcomes designated nonserious or results that did not include death, life-threatening illness, hospitalization, permanent disability, congenital anomaly or birth defect. The researcher’s data indicated 42 of the children reported no event after vaccination.
VAERS includes 19 reports of serious events, however, for the cohort of young children who received a COVID-19 vaccination. Nine children had received Moderna’s vaccine and 10 had the Pfizer vaccine. Details were not provided for those 19 events, according to the report in The Epoch Times.
“Those details should not have been left out of the information released to ACIP and the public,” Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, told The Epoch Times in an email.
The CDC researcher said the VAERS data, along with other reported data, did not indicate any new safety concerns.
Anyone may file reports on VAERS but making a false report is a crime. The FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization for the early COVID vaccine candidates requires health care professionals to report adverse events of vaccination under emergency use authorization for young children, which applies to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines whose events were discussed at the Friday panel.
Research suggests the number of reports submitted to VAERS is much less than the actual number of adverse events.
“Even though not every adverse event reported to VAERS is causally related to vaccination, it is also true that one CDC funded study estimated that less than one percent of vaccine adverse events that occur are reported to VAERS,” Fisher said.
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