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West Coast safety review panel finds COVID-19 vaccines safe for young children

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OHA tells health care providers vaccinations can start Monday

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed its review of the federal process Sunday and unanimously concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective for children as young as 6 months old.

The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the governors of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington Sunday afternoon. Here's the rest of the news release announcing the action, in full:

The Moderna two-dose vaccine series and the Pfizer three-dose vaccine series are now available to children as young as 6 months old. The Oregon Health Authority will inform health care providers that vaccinations for children as young as 6 months old can begin in Oregon as soon as Monday.

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the vaccines in children as young as 6 months old, and the CDC affirmed that decision on Saturday. The Workgroup reviewed the federal decisions on Saturday and affirmed them Sunday.

The Workgroup thoroughly reviewed safety and efficacy data for the vaccines. The Workgroup found that completion of either vaccine series produced antibody levels similar to those achieved in individuals aged 16-25 years. Observed vaccine reactions among infants aged 6-12 months and children aged 1 through 5 years were consistent with reactions to other vaccines routinely recommended for these age groups.

The Workgroup concluded that the benefits of completing either vaccine series substantially outweigh any known or likely risks. Immunization can be expected to reduce the numbers of COVID-19-related serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in young children while facilitating their participation in normal educational, social and recreational activities.

Oregon, Washington, and Nevada joined California’s COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup in October 2020. The workgroup, made up of nationally-acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunization and public health, has concurrently and independently reviewed the FDA’s actions related to COVID-19 vaccines. It will continue to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines as they go through the federal process.

Statement from Oregon Governor Kate Brown:

“This is a long-awaited moment for so many families. With today’s review by leading doctors, pediatricians, and health experts, Oregon parents and children can be confident in the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for children as young as 6 months old. It is completely normal for parents and kids to have questions about vaccines––I urge you to reach out to your family doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist and get your questions answered today.”

Statement from California Governor Gavin Newsom:

“Vaccines are safe, effective, and widely accessible – we’re strongly encouraging parents to protect their kids from COVID-19 with these vaccines, and California has pre-ordered nearly 400,000 doses that can be administered at the more than 8,500 vaccine sites throughout the state.”

Statement from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak:

“Many families have been waiting for the opportunity to vaccinate their youngest members and I am happy that day has come. Families can have the peace of mind of the thorough review process these vaccines have gone through, but I encourage families to speak to a trusted health care provider about any questions they have. Vaccines protect against serious illness, and I offer my thanks to all those who continue to serve on the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup to confirm the recommendations and guidance for COVID-19 vaccines.”

Statement from Washington Governor Jay Inslee:

“This is excellent news for Washington families and I know many parents who have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get their youngest children vaccinated. I encourage parents to contact their trusted providers to discuss any questions or concerns. These vaccines remain the most important tool in our continued efforts to keep people safe from severe COVID illness or hospitalization.”

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  1. Same panel that approved the lockdowns- shutdowns- meltdowns… only to be proven 100% “wrong” a year later. Do not listen or be influenced by these jokers- do your homework- question everything- and don’t get yer children involved in any of this.

  2. Well, If the Governors of California, Oregon and Washington say it’s safe, then I would think twice before trusting that info. What is the death rate from covid in this age group in the last 6 months?

    1. Agreed. My 7 month old will absolutely not be getting this. Not until there is a heck of alot more research. I mean, now they are saying that the jandj vaccine should be avoided. I have lost trust in the institutions that are supposed to be scientific.

  3. “Safe and effective?” What a joke. There is not a single study showing decreased death or hospitalization for this age group due to the vaccine. This is the most obvious big pharma payout in history and the current admin and agencies are allowing it. Totally nuts.

  4. More lies. Keep posting your propaganda. Oh well. I suppose it’s only idiot sheep liberals going along with it and giving it to their kids. Good luck with that. By the way. Again. For 99 percent of people, it’s a cold.

  5. Wonder how long before they say the threat is 🐒 pox, I mean it’ll no longer be transmissible by sex and be airborne. Though there’ll 🐝 the usual suspects on here that will go right along with the fear mongering.

  6. An inch becomes a mile. It will NEVER be enough for them. 2 weeks became over 2yrs. Not to overwhelm the hospitals became we’re calling the cops on you for having family over for Thanksgiving. 1 mask became 2. 1-2 shots became 4 with “boosters” indefinitely. Just for the elderly is now for all the babies. Wake up people. Why are you still complying?

  7. If you’re a parent, You really should listen to your gut and NOT a Pharmaceutical corp. They are only motivated by profit. Your child will be just fine w/o the experimental jab.. Looks at the odds.. The numbers dont lie..

      1. Hahaha “experts”. That’s funny. So when the experts get it 100% wrong who do you blame there barn? Propaganda level appeasement of hear no evil, speak No evil….

        1. He will just use the same tires overused li e…”well the science has changed.” Even though the “science” never backed up lockdowns, masks, etc in the first place. Just like this call. There is no “science” showing you should give your infant this vaccine yet they push it. If and when there are side effects they will again just repeat the same old line …well “the science has changed.” Ridiculous and very harmful.

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