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Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Say ‘No’ to COVID Vaccines for Kids (We Got a Puppy)

The chance that these vaccines will save your child’s life is nearly infinitesimal, since the risk is extraordinarily low to begin with. Guest post by a retired doctor.

Puppy power: spreading joy wherever he goes.

Recently retired medical doctor John Cunnington authored a wildly popular guest post here in June, titled Canadians Aren’t Being Told About Vaccine Risks. Today, he says public health officials who promote COVID vaccines for kids are “thinking like bureaucrats, they are thinking of blocks of people, as generals might think about divisions in armies. They are not thinking about individuals…” 


By John Cunnington, MD

We got a puppy. Two old people with a bundle of energy, mischievousness and humour. The puppy brings joy to our lives. But then my wife knocked over a heavy chair which struck the puppy. He cried out and was limping. We were devastated. Was the puppy in pain? How bad was the injury? Did he need to go to emergency? Would he recover? Could there be any long-term effects?

Imagine if your child was injured by a COVID vaccine. The terrible pain of it for the child; for the parents: the guilt, the uncertainties, both short-term and long-term.

It is this risk of injury that creates vaccine “hesitancy” in parents for what is still an experimental, novel, gene technology therapy.

The only possible reason to give such an injection would be because the child could benefit from it. But children have a remarkably low incidence of severe illness, and a vanishingly small incidence of death from the virus.

To illustrate this, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for British Columbia, said in April 2021 that the recent death of an infant under two years old reminded everyone of the “vicious nature” of the virus. It turns out this was the first COVID death of a person under 30 in the entire province of British Columbia. It also later became clear that this child was already in a tertiary care hospital for pre-existing conditions, almost certainly very serious.

Similarly, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta, reported the death of a 14-year-old boy from COVID in mid-October 2021. It required the sister of the boy to go on social media to say that, actually, her brother had been ill for nine months with an inoperable brain tumour.

The estimated infection fatality rate (IFR) is close to zero for children and young adults. Pandemics ~ Data & Analytics (PANDA) reports that the fatality rate for those under 19 years is 0.003%.

Similarly, the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) reports the fatality rate as follows:

  • 0-4 years, mean 0.003%
  • 5-9 years, mean 0.001%
  • 10-14 years, mean 0.001%
  • 15-19 years, mean 0.003%
  • 20-24 years, mean 0.006%.

The most recent data by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that children represent no more than 0.19% of all COVID-19 deaths. Ten US states report zero child deaths. Elsewhere, fewer than 0.03% of all children with COVID-19 died.

So in reality the chance of a healthy child getting seriously ill or dying of COVID is vanishingly small. Which means the possibility of a COVID vaccine significantly reducing that risk is infinitesimally small. In summary, there is no reason to prescribe or give a COVID vaccine to a child for the child’s benefit.

The second issue is: is there any risk from the vaccine? It turns out there are many potential adverse effects of the vaccine and the incidence of these has been steadily growing over the past 10 months of the vaccine rollout.

One of the most serious is that of myocarditis. This is the inflammation and possible death of myocardial cells (cardiomyocytes), which are the cells that create the pumping power of the heart – the same cells that are destroyed in a heart attack.

Jessica Rose and Peter McCullough, studied myocarditis rates in the US Vaccine Adverse Events Reports System (VAERS). Their report was peer-reviewed and  accepted for publication in Current Problems in Cardiology, on September 22, 2021. It was published online on October 1, 2021. On October 15 it was ‘temporarily removed’ from the online version of the periodical, without prior notice to the authors.

A week later the authors were informed  the paper was to be permanently removed. This news came only five days before the FDA’s pivotal Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting to decide whether to approve the Pfizer vaccine for 5–11-year-olds. (What do you suppose prompted the publisher to pull the plug on the paper?)

Its main findings:

  • Myocarditis rates were significantly higher in males aged 13-23.
  • Within 8 weeks of the rollout of the COVID vaccine to the 12-15 age group, there were 19 times the expected number of myocarditis cases in the vaccination volunteers over background myocarditis rates for this age group.
  • A fivefold increase in myocarditis rate was observed after the second dose as opposed to the first dose in 15-year-old males.
  • Of the total myocarditis AE reports, six individuals died. Two were under age 20 (one was 13).
  • There was a markedly higher risk for myocarditis following COVID injectable products than for other  vaccines – one that is well above the known background rates for myocarditis.
  • Cardiac injuries associated with the COVID-19 virus (loosely defined as a mild troponin elevation common to ICU patients of all types), are different from the clinical picture of vaccine-induced myocarditis.
  • Vaccine-induced myocarditis is associated with hospitalization in as many as 90% of cases.

As of Nov. 7th, 2021, Ontario is reporting a total 521 cases of myocarditis.

But adverse effects on children are not limited to cardiac effects. One example is 12-year-old Maddie De Garay, who was a participant in the Pfizer clinical trial for 12 to 15-year-olds at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. After the second dose she became paralyzed from the waist down and is now dependent on a feeding tube (reportedly her data was dropped from the study!).

In July, 2021 the CDC published an analysis, based upon VAERS data, of 14 children aged 12-17 who died after being vaccinated. It listed the causes of death as: pulmonary embolism (2), intracranial hemorrhage (2), and then changed the topic.

Steve Kirsch, founder of the COVID Early Treatment Fund, reviewed these deaths. He found that in the entire 30-year history of the VAERS system, there are no reports of children in that age range dying from intracranial hemorrhage. He also found that five died of cardiac arrest. That is not normal for kids. In a recent five-year period (2015 to 2019), there have been zero cardiac arrest deaths in that age group.

According to Kirsch, as of July 2021 more than 500 American children may have died after receiving COVID vaccines  “and nobody knows what killed them.”

As if that wasn’t enough, there are of course no long term data, raising the specter of the potential for autoimmune diseases or cancer in the years to come.

So if there is no risk to the child from the virus, and there is uncommon but potentially devastating injury from the vaccine, then there can be no justification for giving the vaccine to children.

Now some have said that we are not giving the vaccine to protect the children but to protect their grandparents. The short answer to that is that the grandparents should get their own vaccine.

It should also be pointed out that the vaccine does not stop anyone from getting or transmitting the virus, so the child getting the vaccine won’t prevent the child from infecting the grandparents in any case.

Finally, and most importantly, it is completely immoral to give any medication to someone who can’t benefit from it. You cannot prescribe a medication to one person so that some other person might benefit. It is a corrupt idea. That objection was recently and forcefully articulated by chairman of the board of the Children’s Health Defense, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. when he said: “In what universe is it okay to say, we are going to make these children die in order that older people can live?” It is a grotesque notion, and one, furthermore, which the older generation would never support.

So when Public Health says that children should be vaccinated for COVID you can be certain that they are thinking like bureaucrats, they are thinking of blocks of people, as generals might think about divisions in armies. They are not thinking about individuals, they are not thinking about you and your child.

For us the good news was that our puppy recovered and seemed to be back to normal by the next day. A COVID vaccine injury may not have such a happy ending. Parents have the power to protect their children from COVID vaccine injury by simply having the courage to say “Over my dead body.”

Our children are our future. Say ‘No’ to childhood COVID vaccination. This is the hill to die on.




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