From The Health Forum NZ fb page
In the coming months, New Zealand will start vaccinating children aged 12 and above.
Below, the thoughts of an American Doctor (and a member of The Health Forum NZ fb group) Ray Sahelian, regarding the potential risks and benefits of vaccinating this age demographic
Vaccinating 12 to 15 year-olds?
FDA has allowed the use of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in this age group. We do not even have one long-term study from an independent academic center to determine the full extent of harm or death from getting the shots compared to harm and death from being exposed to the Covid virus itself. I could understand this rationale if the vaccines provided near 100 % protection for a lifetime and prevented viral transmission from one person to another (they may do so initially, but progressively less as time passes). These vaccines are moderately protective for a limited period, not even considering the constantly mutating variants. After injection with an mRNA vaccine, spike proteins (made primarily in the liver and deltoid muscle) travel to the central and peripheral nervous system, heart, skin, lungs, lodge in cells lining blood vessels, and may lodge practically everywhere in the body, triggering an inflammatory response. We could, and will, have cases of nerve dysfunction, paralysis, seizures, myocarditis, heart rhythm disturbances, skin rashes, hives, lung tissue damage, clots, and bleeding… not even including immediate and potentially fatal allergic and anaphylactic reactions. Recently a 17-year-old 6’9” tall Utah high school basketball player was vaccinated, started having headaches, and was taken to the hospital and found to have blood clots in his brain. There is a link towards the end of the comments section from a local news station. If I had a child I certainly would not comply to him or her getting such an injection before we meticulously determine the full long-term effects in adults, including potential future susceptibility to autoimmune diseases. And we have yet to do so. I know some people will counter with the argument that Covid is such a serious disease and therefore we need to protect our children. Of course a Covid infection can be serious and fatal. But such risk in the young is minimal compared to the elderly or those with chronic health issues. I would like anyone who challenges my narrative to provide definitive proof that the benefits of vaccination in this age group outweigh the risks from vaccine harm (considering also that repeated booster shots will be necessary). Death from Covid is 8,000 times more common in those over the age of 85 than in the below 17 age group (see the first comment for a link to the CDC statistics). I am all for vaccines that have had a decades-long track record.
Please visit raysahelian com (there is a link from my FB home page) for my regularly updated article (which was deleted by FB) on spike proteins and how the vaccines work — I’ve had new insights — and an ever-growing comprehensive list of side effects, and why they happen. I keep being asked about “shedding” so I have included a paragraph on this topic.
When you watch the mainstream news you are repeatedly presented with the benefits of vaccines in an enthusiastic manner, but hardly warned about the complications that occur. Not being aware of other perspectives I can understand how your viewpoint would be formed.
Recently a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized with myocarditis after Pfizer and initiated a GoFundMe page. An 18-year-old girl from Nevada had seizures and is in a coma after J and J, while a 12-year-old girl was paralyzed during the Moderna vaccine trial (anyone see these mentioned on national TV?). The public deserves full, honest disclosure. We want to trust our national health authorities that they are openly sharing with us what they know, even if these occurrences are infrequent. Check out the CDC-maintained VAERS website and read for yourself the countless case reports submitted by nurses and ER doctors who are encountering patients coming in with horrific reactions to the vaccines (the second and third comments). I feel sorry for these already-stressed health care providers who are trying as best they can to help patients with a myriad serious reactions, and no one has forewarned them how to treat such complex vaccine-induced injuries. And I challenge anyone who claims vaccination is our primary path to herd immunity in the USA. The annual flu vaccine has not accomplished this goal. Prove to me that the current imperfect first-generation Covid-19 vaccines will… especially against an ever-morphing virus. Some of the highest vaccinated countries in the world are having high case numbers again. Eight members of the New York Yankees baseball team were infected after being fully vaccinated (see articles in comments). I have thoroughly studied the benefits and risks of these vaccines and have determined they are not suitable for my particular situation at this time… and an offer of a free donut will not entice me. Many of us plan to wait. In the meantime we do not appreciate being bullied and blamed by the media, or by people who have a different understanding of this complicated issue. Those who truly believe vaccination provides them with excellent protection should not be overly concerned being around others who are not. There is already enough division in this country, and within some families; it is not helpful to add more.
FYI from The Health Forum page