Safety Data for Simultaneously Administering COVID-19 Vaccines With Other Vaccines for Children Unavailable
By Meiling Lee
Parents are being told that it is safe for their child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and other childhood vaccines concomitantly, yet no such safety data on the simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines are available for them to read.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “COVID-19 vaccines may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines,” including the “simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day.” The health agency did not cite any research for its recommendation.
The Epoch Times reached out to the CDC four different times inquiring which safety studies the agency based its co-administration recommendation on but have yet to receive a response.
A spokesperson for the Food and Drug Administration told The Epoch Times in an email that “the facts sheets for each authorized vaccine state there is no information on the co-administration of the specific COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines” but did not respond to follow-up questions.
According to the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), such safety information on co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines is not available but that should not be a concern.
“Although data are not available for COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, extensive experience with non-COVID-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone,” the Wisconsin Chapter wrote on its webpage.
The organization also admits that it does not know what type of adverse reactions will occur with the co-administration of these vaccines at the same time.
“It is unknown whether reactogenicity of COVID-19 vaccine is increased with coadministration, including with other vaccines known to be more reactogenic, such as adjuvanted vaccines or live vaccines,” the AAP chapter said.
Dr. James Johnston, a family practice doctor, said that the CDC has been recommending that people receive different vaccines concurrently but have yet to study its effects.
“It’s something the CDC has been recommending for years, lumping vaccines together and yet never studying their side effect profile or their benefits in concert,” Johnston told The Epoch Times.
Johnston says that there has never been a concerted effort to put together a reference book that lists the interactions between the various vaccines being co-administered like it is done for all FDA-approved drugs in the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR).
The PDR, widely used among doctors, tells “you the interactions for almost every other medicines out there,” Johnston says. It provides guidance on how to safely and effectively use every prescription drug in the United States, and yet, “no such thing has been done for vaccines.”
“The interactions between vaccines are assumed to be negligible but its effect on the immune system is you know huge. We are forcing the immune system to try to create antibodies to several different antigens at the same time,” Johnston added.
Should Parents Space Out Vaccines?
Parents concerned about their child receiving several shots during a doctor’s visit have the option to space out the vaccines. Johnston says parents should consider doing so and be aware that “not all vaccines have the same benefit or risk.”
“I am for patient choice. I think patients, parents should look at the risk and the benefits of each vaccine, look at the disease and its prevalence and its treatability, and space out those vaccines that they consent to, so as to give the immune system the maximum chance to recover from that fake war,” Johnston said.
“In vaccine speak, you’re trying to induce immunity without the actual infection,” he added. “You’re creating a fake war to trick the immune system into producing immunity, so space out those wars as much as possible and you’re going to have less untoward side effects in my opinion.”
The CDC encourages pediatricians to “offer all of the vaccines at the same time” if a patient is due for several vaccines because “it increases the probability that people will be fully vaccinated” and “is an important part of immunization practice if a healthcare provider is uncertain that a patient will return for additional doses of vaccine.”
COVID-19 Vaccine and Children
Johnston, similar to several other doctors and scientists like Dr. Robert Malone and Dr. Peter McCullough, says that children should not be given the COVID-19 vaccine, claiming that “the risk of this vaccine is far greater in a healthy population.”
“COVID is a dangerous pathogen, but its danger is largely concentrated around patients that are at high risk with multiple comorbidities greater than 65 years of age. But for an 18-year-old to have a vaccine that has a far greater side effect profile than does COVID is inhumane,” Johnston said.
“Now, the argument is well, let’s give all the 18-year-olds and other kids these shots so that their grandmas won’t get COVID from them. … But the problem is we’re not having informed consent because patients are not being told this isn’t in your 18-year-olds’ best interests. When the science shows they’re far more likely to suffer a heart side effect like myocarditis, or palsy, which is nerve damage from the vaccine than they are to have any benefit,” he added.
“And so the vaccine should be curtailed to those that are at greatest risk for negative consequence.”
Johnston is an advocate of early treatment for COVID-19 and prescribes the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance protocol. He was a shift supervisor at a FEMA-constructed COVID-19 hospital built inside the Atlanta Georgia World Congress Center providing care to severely ill COVID-19 patients in April 2020. He continues to treat COVID-19 patients and said in the past four months alone, he has treated close to 3,000 COVID-19 patients.
“Many of the patients I’m taking care of with acute COVID are vaccinated,” Johnston said, adding that the vaccinated doctors at the medical facility where he works part-time were also “coming down with COVID-19.” As a result, the facility “backed off their requirement” to have all of their staff vaccinated.
“And you consider how ineffective it is in preventing against COVID, in my opinion, it should be pulled from the market.”
According to the AAP (pdf), of the more than 28 million children ages 5 to 11, 8 million (28 percent) have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and 5.3 million (19 percent) are fully vaccinated as of Jan. 19. While 16.2 million (65 percent) of children ages 12 to 17 have gotten the initial jab and 13.6 million (54 percent) are fully vaccinated. There are over 25 million children in the latter age group.
The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) says that there were 5,277 reports of adverse reactions made to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) from Nov. 3 to Dec. 19, but 1,028 reports were excluded from the analysis since vaccination was administered prior to “authorization for use in this age group or date of vaccination was unknown.”
Of the 4,249 VAERS reports, 100 (2.4 percent) were for serious events that occurred in 61 males with a median age of 9 years. Of the serious events, 15 were reports of myocarditis, or heart inflammation, 12 of seizure, and two deaths in 5 and 6 years old girls that were still under review. “None of the data suggested a causal association between death and vaccination,” the CDC wrote.
Only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children aged 5 to 17 in the United States.