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The Omicron Wave is Almost Over in the Philippines
Why is DOH pushing vaccination of 5 - 11 yo children when Pfizer has been shown to be ineffective for OMICRON (and unsafe) and any future variant will be even more distant from the legacy variants?
The Omicron wave in Philippines started on 28th December 2021. Test positivity rates of over 40% were sustained for 18 days, meaning I presume, that nearly everyone not living a remote hermit life, has already been exposed. Positivity rates are falling by the day, are now below 10%, and could reach well below 5% before the end of this month. Daily cases have fallen from a high of nearly 40,000 on 15th of January to less than 3,000 today with consistent downward trending.
The Department of Health Philippines started the rollout of Pfizer for 5 - 11 year old children on 7th of February 2022. Registered children are being given first and second doses of Pfizer 21 days apart. I.e. earliest schedule for second dose will be the end of February. Promotion of the vaccines as safe, effective, and necessary for this age group (even if only to “reassure and give parents confidence to resume normal life” with their kids) is very aggressively underway.
Why??? There are so many reasons NOT to give this to our kids.
For healthy children (and adults) omicron is typically very short lived (days only) and self limiting with standard supportive care; we were warned not to suppress the fever during the recent outbreak in my home and it was over for my children within 48 hours. The argument that Pfizer may prevent severe infection and hospitalization for children is irrelevant, because covid is not a severe illness for children. Children do NOT NEED this product.
Given the massive recent omicron wave here most children (and adults) have likely already been exposed (symptomatically or asymptomatically) and have developed natural immunity which is known to give broad protection, and to be robust, and durable. The current DOH directive that people should be vaccinated (or boosted if that is “due”) immediately following recovery from covid illness is unprecedented in medical history. Historically NATURAL IMMUNITY to any illness was a clear contraindication to vaccination for that same illness.
Pfizer has already proved (internationally) to be INEFFECTIVE for Omicron; showing negative efficacy after mere weeks, even with 3 or 4 doses (check Israel!).
Any future variants will be even further removed from the legacy (alpha) variant. How can an OBSOLETE product that has already lost efficacy be expected to help recipients?
The Omicron wave in the Philippines will be over within only a few more weeks. The infection will be GONE before most kids even get 2 doses (of a product that doesn’t work to prevent that infection).
There are CHEAP, SAFE, and EFFECTIVE treatments available, if needed.
Despite DOH continued manic mantra of “safe and effective” and “NO serious side effects or deaths”, the international short-term safety data as inferred from the VAERS / DAEN/ Yellowcard / Vigiaccess systems are all looking extremely concerning! These system all report pediatric DEATHS and SEVERE INJURIES. Further, pediatric (and adult) deaths have soared in every location that these products are rolled out. We must also question whether “severe covid cases” are instead “vaccine injury cases” being blamed conveniently, on covid.
DOH’s claim today that covid vaccines reduce children’s risk of myocarditis and multisystem inflammatory syndrome may not age well! Kids' COVID-19 vaccination reduces risk of myocarditis, MIS-C: doctors | ABS-CBN News
MEDIUM and LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES of these products are UNKNOWN; however increased risks of cancer, neurological and autoimmune conditions are theorized. I don’t want my children to be part of the proving of these potential risks!
Pfizer has recently withdrawn their request for approval of this vaccine for the below 5 age groups in the US. Given how hard they have been pushing their project generally, and their liability-free status under EUAs, this withdrawal must be based on irrefutable concerns. They also continue to stall on the release of safety data! There are ‘rumors’ of share dumping and falling stock value. NOT reassuring at all.
The safest approach for the protection of our children might be to hold off for now and watch and wait!!