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Palo Alto Unified to offer Pfizer vaccine to eligible students

Original post made on May 14, 2021

With one of three COVID-19 vaccines now available to children ages 12 and up in Santa Clara County, the Palo Alto school district is opening up its first vaccine site for eligible students on Sunday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10:52 PM

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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 14, 2021 at 10:56 am

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Posted by LanaC
a resident of another community
on May 14, 2021 at 12:30 pm

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Major thanks to the PAUSD Health Services Team for managing the complicated logistics of both COVID vaccinations and COVID testing. They make this possible with the support of an amazing group of PTAC/PTA volunteers.


Posted by JC
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 14, 2021 at 5:19 pm

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Back in the dark ages - We were given the Salk Polio Vaccine at the Palo Alto schools during school hours. Instead of a PE class at JORDAN Jr High we went to the cafeteria for our shot then back to the playing fields. Of course those were the days of common sense. We even had modest physicals and eye exams at the local grammar schools once a year.


Posted by Alvin
a resident of Professorville
on May 15, 2021 at 12:30 pm

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Please correct the following misleading statement in the article: "With the recent Food and Drug Administration's APPROVAL of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old..." (My emphasis.)

The "vaccine" has not been "approved" by the FDA but rather has been "authorized" under the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority. The vaccines are currently undergoing longer-term clinical trials. Web Link

It should also be pointed out that as of January 2021, by the CDC's own data, less than 200 children between the ages of 0-17 died of Covid. Web Link

To put that number in perspective, the CDC provisional figures for all causes of death for children under 18 years of age is between 35,000-40,000, and that's based on the fact that about 28,000 children between 0-14 died in the US from all causes in 2020, and 35,470 died between the ages of 15-24. I added a quarter of those 35,470 deaths to the 28,000 death figure for ages 0-14 to reach the 35-40k death figure. In other words, of the roughly 35,000-40,000 total deaths of children under age 17 from all causes, roughly 250 (by now) or 0.5% of all child deaths are from Covid...and that's including Covid deaths of children who had other underlying conditions. TABLE. Provisional* number and rate of total deaths and COVID-19–related deaths, by demographic characteristics — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2020

My point is, why are children who are at virtually no risk of dying from Covid being vaccinated against it...when the long-term consequences of the testing are unknown? [Portion removed.] If the argument is that children could spread to adults, adults can protect themselves via vaccination assuming they don't have natural immunity by now.


Posted by Lloyd
a resident of another community
on May 15, 2021 at 3:11 pm

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Alvin,

Thank you for reading and for pointing out the error. Article has been corrected.

LL


Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 16, 2021 at 10:34 pm

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This is a real vaccine and does not need to be posted in quotation marks and children will also need to be vaccinated.

The CDC itself has estimated that nearly 26.7 million children under 18 have been infected with COVID-19. A recent study found that roughly 10–15 percent of all infected children develop “long COVID,” meaning that up to 4 million children may already be suffering from long-term complications. The majority likely were infected in reopened schools.

The lie that children do not readily transmit the coronavirus—disproved by multiple studies at the very beginning of the pandemic—was promoted by the Trump administration and has continued under Biden. Upon his election, Biden pledged to resume in-person learning at all schools where children were still learning safely from home, with his top economic advisor Brian Deese bluntly stating that this was “so that parents … can get back to work.”

Corinne McDaniels-Davidson, the director of the San Diego State University Institute for Public Health, told the Times, “The ideas that they cannot transmit Covid or are immune from disease are pervasive among the lay public. We need education here.”

Finally to your thoughts about adults being vaccinated so everything is ok: “Though children are less likely than adults to develop severe cases of Covid-19, the scientists said their immunity was important because they could be hosts for the virus and a way for it to continue to circulate or develop new variants.”

Finally, the vaccine will soon be “APPROVED” as opposed to just “AUTHORIZED.” This is just semantics.

Once the vaccine also gets authorized for ages
2-11, I believe it should be made mandatory for children to be vaccinated for Covid to attend school. This will help stop all of these weird people who think the government is trying to microchip them nonsense.
I hope that clarifies it.
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