Source: Arjun Walia

In Brief

  • The Facts:12 year old Maddie De Garay was severely injured after her second dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Below you will find a link to the full story as well as a recent news conference where her mother, Stephanie, along with Maddie shared their story.
  • Reflect On:How safe, effective and necessary is the COVID vaccine for children?

How dangerous is COVID for children? A letter to the editor published in the New England Journal of Medicine titled “Open Schools, Covid-19, and Child and Teacher Morbidity in Sweden” has found that “Despite Sweden’s having kept schools and preschools open, we found a low incidence of severe Covid-19 among schoolchildren and children of preschool age during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic…No child with Covid-19 died…Among the 1,951,905 children who were 1 to 16 years of age, 15 children had Covid-19, MIS-C, or both conditions and were admitted to an ICU, which is equal to 1 child in 130,000.” It was published by  Jonas F Ludvigsson a paediatrician at Örebro University Hospital and professor of clinical epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute.

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