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Child Vaccination: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

The FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine for 5-year-olds is just another avenue for the bureaucracy to assert ownership over your children.

Christmas came early for the biomedical security state: 28 million children are now eligible for the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, after the FDA approved the shot for emergency use in children as young as 5 years old on Friday afternoon. If past is prologue, it won’t be long before K-12 age students see an onslaught of vaccine mandates for school, whether at the federal or state level, and perhaps even in private associations.

The mRNA shot is purported to be 90.7 percent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid in children aged 5-11, though testing on this age group has been limited. Earlier this week, a member of an FDA panel on vaccinating kids announced that “we’re never going to learn about how safe the vaccine is for kids until we start giving it.” Parents who aren’t discomforted to hear of their children’s new use as guinea pigs can give them shots as early as Wednesday, according to the New York Times.

The risk of infection for children, on the other hand, is almost nonexistent. The rate of deaths per Covid infection in kids is 0.001 percent. Moreover, a breakthrough study from the U.K. last week found people inoculated against Covid were just as likely to spread the Delta variant of the virus to contacts in their household as those who haven’t had shots. In other words, parents and grandparents will be just as likely to catch the virus via their kindergarten-age kids even with the expanded vaccine eligibility. So what’s the point?

For those at risk of severe infection from the virus, vaccines seems to protect against more severe symptoms; for everyone else—especially young children—it’s hard to say what it does offer. Why take a shot for 90 percent protection when you’re already practically 100 percent safe from the virus? Why the political push to get shots in ever younger adolescent arms, kids who aren’t even of voting age, when the safety and efficacy of the drug remain uncertain? Then again, our biomedical managers seem to err always on the side of the solution that lines their pocketbooks, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by this.

But they also walk in lockstep with the rest of the bureaucracy in its efforts to replace the parental role in the child’s life as early as possible. The Covid vaccine is just another avenue through which they can flex this power. From universal Pre-K education to what should and shouldn’t be allowed in their bodies, the bureaucracy is more present in the lives of American children than too many children’s father is.

That alone should tell us something is wrong.



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