Despite Massive Push, Survey Finds Just 29% of Parents Want COVID Vaccine for Kids
By Matt Agorist
The number of individuals who die of a disease among all infected individuals both symptomatic and asymptomatic is known as the Infection Fatality Ratio (IFR). For COVID-19, it is widely known that age plays a massive factor in fatalities. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the IFR for children is almost zero (0.002%) which means it is extremely rare for a child to contract and die of COVID-19.
The near-zero IFR for children during COVID-19 was a huge relief to parents across the world. Because the infection rate among children was so low, schools were able to safely reopen in 2020, with some states never closing them at all. Despite fear mongering from the mainstream media, schools were not the “super spreader” events that the pro-lockdown crowd made them out to be.
Had children been flooding the emergency rooms sick with COVID-19, rest assured this pandemic would have played out far differently. Thankfully, this was not the case, however, and the overwhelming majority of children remained completely safe.
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In 2020, as vaccine manufacturers rushed to bring their COVID-19 vaccines to market, none of them conducted trials in children. This was due to two things: children are not as vulnerable as adults, and the FDA only granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 16 and older. The Moderna and Janssen vaccines were granted emergency use for those 18 and older.
In March 2021, however, all that began to change and Pfizer announced clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine on healthy children aged 6 months to 11. Johnson & Johnson and Moderna made similar announcements as well.
“Pfizer has deep experience in advancing clinical trials of vaccines in children and infants and is committed to improving the health and well-being of children through thoughtfully designed clinical trials,” the company said in a statement.
But this statement above rings hollow given Pfizer’s less than stellar (and in fact criminal) record. Pfizer has paid out billions in health care fraud fines and was party to the largest health care fraud settlement in US history.
The pharmaceutical giant paid out $2.3 billion in 2009 to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the illegal promotion of certain pharmaceutical products.
“Pfizer violated the law over an extensive time period. Furthermore, at the very same time Pfizer was in our office negotiating and resolving the allegations of criminal conduct by its then newly acquired subsidiary, Warner-Lambert, Pfizer was itself in its other operations violating those very same laws,” Mike Loucks, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts said at the time.
But that was only a single case; this company has a track record dating back decades that includes everything from bribing government officials to illegally testing products on children to making false claims about drugs and illegally marketing them — leading to multiple deaths. Despite making the largest payout in history, Pfizer has continued to be called to the carpet since 2009 multiple times for misleading the public about their drugs — up to and including vaccines.
Despite their checkered past, immediately after the announcement by Pfizer to begin testing the COVID-19 vaccine on children, the mainstream media and government unquestioningly began recommending children take the vaccine — before the clinical trials were even finished.
Some states have even tied childhood vaccination to easing lockdown restrictions. Michigan officials, namely Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, have plunged the state into tyranny over the last year, issuing some of the harshest lockdowns in the nation. The lockdowns did nothing to curb the pandemic in the state either, and they appear to have had the opposite effect as Michigan remains the worst COVID-19 hot-spot in the country, with a seven-day average case rate of 235.2 per 100,000 people — more than double the national average of 96.6, according to the CDC.
Despite the push from media and government alike to have children vaccinated, it appears most parents simply don’t want it for their children. Last week, Joe Rogan was raked over the coals for comments he made regarding younger folks and the COVID-19 vaccine. Calls were made to Spotify by the cancelists to pull Rogan from the airwaves over his opinion.
Even Biden officials responded to Rogan’s opinion, saying, “Did Joe Rogan become a medical doctor while we weren’t looking?” Ironically enough, these are the same people who push the words of Bill Gates — who is also NOT a doctor — as the gospel of all things COVID-19.
Despite the cancelists forcing Rogan to “clarify” his comments, it appears that most people agree with him. Only about 29% of parents of children under age 18 said they would get their child vaccinated “right away” as soon as the child was eligible, according to Kaiser Family Foundation Covid-19 Vaccine Monitor data published Thursday.
This is less than one third of parents surveyed despite the massive push in the media and government telling everyone that herd immunity will be impossible without child vaccination.
Skepticism toward a vaccine which is only just now being tested on young children is completely natural, especially considering it is being rolled out under emergency use authorization and not fully approved by the FDA. It is indeed healthy to question the safety of such widespread measures that have not been extensively tested like other vaccinations.
Nevertheless, those who advocate for vaccine safety are silenced, banned, and pushed into the dark corners of the internet — despite the fact that over 70 percent of parents are skeptical of their children receiving it right away. This is not how a free society works. This is how a despotic, technocratic medical police state works and we need to stop barreling toward it.
Skepticism is healthy. Questioning everything is healthy. Those who seek to snub out this trait in humanity do not have your interests in mind and they have no business influencing your decisions. Thankfully, for now, it appears that their attempt to stifle humanity’s natural skepticism is not working. Nice work America.
Source: The Free Thought Project
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.