When it comes to vaccinating healthy kids – and you could argue young people up to25 – there is a case for vaccination but it's not strong.
The COVID-19 death risk is clustered among kids with a comorbid condition, like obesity. Of the more than 330 COVID-19deaths in kids under age 18, there's good preliminary data suggesting that most or nearly all appear to be in kids with a pre-existing condition. For kids with concurrent medical conditions, the case for vaccination is compelling. But for healthy kids?
The risk of hospitalization from COVID-19 in kids ages 5 to17 is 0.3 per million for the week ending July 24, 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We also know that the risk of hospitalization after the second vaccine dose due to myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, is about 50 per million in that same age group.
JCVI member Professor Adam Finn has told Sky News that 'there is a risk we could be doing more harm than good' by vaccinating healthy children, as it's 'very seldom' for them to get seriously ill with COVID.