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Two Doses of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Safe and Effective Among School-Aged Children

New data suggests that two doses of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine among school-aged children can safely and effectively reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, associated multisystem inflammatory syndrome, and COVID-19 related hospitalizations. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that children aged 5 to 11 who were vaccinated for COVID-19 did not experience serious adverse reactions, including a diagnosis of myocarditis or multisystem inflammatory syndrome recurrence.

The study also looked at hospitalizations due to coronavirus among children.[0] Significantly more likely to receive increased oxygen support or be admitted to the intensive care unit were those under five years old who tested positive for a second virus, such as a cold.[1] Among hospitalized children, those with multiple infections had a higher risk of severe respiratory illness than those who tested negative for other viruses.[2]

Experts say that the findings are further evidence of why it is important that children remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 and flu vaccinations.[2] A study published in the International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice, and Research also warned that underreporting of adverse events linked to COVID-19 vaccination is caused by clinical, political, systemic, and media factors, leading to misguided recommendations by authorities.[3]

For those dealing with multiple viruses, pediatrician Dr. Rachel Pearson has a message of hope. “Like so many parents out there, you know, my husband and I have been sick all winter. We’ve been sneezing, coughing, had fevers. It’s gross,” she said. “Be patient. Listen to your doctor.”[4]

According to Health Canada, out of 96,432,067 COVID-19 vaccine injections that have been administered, adverse events have been reported by 53,611 people.[3] Approximately 6 out of every 10,000 people who have submitted an adverse event report have reported one or more adverse events.[5] [5]

It is important to remain vigilant and take precautions against the spread of these viruses.[6] Dr. Schaffner cautioned that the winter season is not yet over and that viruses are still present.[7] Let’s keep taking good precautions.[8]

0. “Pediatrics Journal: Severe illnesses seen in kids with respiratory virus, Covid”, 18 Jan. 2023,

1. “Getting COVID and other viruses at the same time” WTAJ –, 18 Jan. 2023,

2. “When young children test positive for Covid-19 and another respiratory virus, their illness may be much more severe, a new study suggests” CNN, 18 Jan. 2023,

3. “Clinical and Political Factors to Blame for Under-Reporting of COVID Vaccination Adverse Events: Study” The Epoch Times, 24 Jan. 2023,

4. “Your kids are adorable germ vectors. Here’s how often they get your household sick” WMFE, 26 Jan. 2023,

5. “New Study Claims COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Events Are Underreported” Newsmax, 25 Jan. 2023,

6. “Children with COVID and another viral illness more likely to have severe outcomes, study shows”, 17 Jan. 2023,

7. “‘Tripledemic’ affecting children the most, study finds” WLNS, 19 Jan. 2023,

8. “Getting COVID and other virus at same time: Young children are most impacted by ‘tripledemic,’ study finds” CBS 6 News Richmond WTVR, 21 Jan. 2023,

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