Covid, moratorium on vaccination of children

More than a thousand of Italian health professionals have signed up to the moratorium promoted by the associations of the Sustainability and Health Network (RSS) – of which the association, to which I belong, is also a member – calling for a halt to anti-Covid vaccination for children. The RSS appeal follows similar appeals by 93 Israeli doctors and 40 researchers in the UK.

In an interview published on 26 May I explained to why we should not proceed with the anti-Covid-19 vaccination of children. I recalled how in caring for the people of Nicaragua – where I was a volunteer in international cooperation – I was also involved in vaccination campaigns (see photo) and how later as a Unicef official I promoted childhood vaccinations with that organisation. So any suspicion that I am generically a ‘no-vaxer’ must be dispelled immediately.

The same applies for the Sustainability and Health Network. More than no-vax, we are interested in examining the main public health issues with scientific rigour: if anything, we are Info-vax on vaccines.

We call for an open and free scientific debate, which is currently repressed. We are faced with an attitude that is dogmatic and one-sided, with much science for various reasons (Narcissism? Convenience? Career?) appearing to be associated in different ways with politics (and perhaps not only with politics, given the multiple conflicts of interest that emerge if one examines the scientific publications regarding vaccine trials).

Instead, we should take the opportunity, as Edgar Morin tells us, “to understand that science does not have a repertoire of absolute truths” and that “controversies, far from being anomalies, are necessary for the progress of science”.

The RSS and the signatories of the Moratorium call for children not to be vaccinated for at least three reasons:

– children are at minimal risk of Covid, from 0 to 18 years of age the risk to the very young is negligible. Data from the Istituto Superiore di Sanità also show this.

– We also know that the vaccine protects from disease those who receive it, and reduces but does not prevent infection and the possibility of infecting others.

– Children are not a significant source of contagion for adults, the reverse is in fact true.

There are many unknowns about Covid vaccines. While vaccination of high-risk groups can be justified, mass vaccination, especially in children, cannot. The risk of contracting Covid19 in children is decidedly reduced, as the epidemic curves show us. Instead, there are unknown risks, in the long term or on a large scale, from inoculating the rapidly developing organism of a child with transgenic products (which, moreover, were introduced onto the market without having completed phase 3 trials). The precautionary principle is more important than ever in childhood.

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