As the EMA & HSE approve the Pfizer jab for children aged 5-11, it’s worth noting that zero children in Ireland under-12 have died of Covid-19 during the pandemic.
It’s been announced that the HSE will be rolling out the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine to children between the ages of 5 and 11, after that age cohort was approved to receive the jab by the European Medicines Agency.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says he expects NIAC to approve vaccines for children aged between five and 11 in the coming days. The EMA has approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for children in that age group | https://t.co/4vczkKhYSU pic.twitter.com/Y8tfcqcLLJ
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) November 25, 2021
However, according to the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), zero children under the age of 12 have died of Covid-19 in Ireland since the start of the pandemic.
On November 24th 2021 the Department of Health published the “Health in Ireland: Key Trends 2021” report.
Page 76 of this document contains a breakdown of Covid cases, hospitalisations, ICU admittance and death by age cohort. Data was gathered between March of 2020 and the 14th of November 2021.
This table shows that zero children between the ages of 0 and 12 have died of Covid-19 since the outset of the pandemic.
Data source is here, page 76: https://t.co/kYQus3BL38
— Ben Scallan 🇮🇪 (@Ben_Scallan) November 25, 2021
Additionally, of the 70,104 children in this age cohort who have contracted Covid, only 21 have ended up in ICU – an average of around one per month. It is unknown how many of these had serious underlying conditions or comorbidities.
Despite this fact, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has said that his pharmaceutical giant is currently doing trials for the vaccine using children as young as 2 years old.
Pfizer CEO: When to Expect Vaccines for Children 2-4 – The Atlantic https://t.co/7mRWVc0r7r
— Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics (@bermaninstitute) September 29, 2021
Chief Medical Advisor to the US President, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said in a Business Insider interview last week that toddlers and babies as young as 6 months old may be eligible for the vaccine as soon as spring of 2022.
Dr. Fauci says he expects babies and toddlers will have a COVID-19 vaccine by spring 2022 https://t.co/bGlbhejj5P
— Science Insider (@SciInsider) November 18, 2021