Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Needed?
Omicron has been a transmissible but mild infection for nearly all healthy children. The vaccine in adults does not prevent Omicron infection or spread significantly. It does lower the risk of serious illness and death in high-risk groups, but small children are rarely at high risk. COVID overall has been mild in children. In the United States, the CDC reported the hospitalisation rate in children during the peak of Omicron to be 14.5 per 100,000. Only 0.0145% of small children with COVID needed to be hospitalised. From the start of COVID to April 2022, out of almost 73,000,000 in the USA under 18 years, only 980 children had died of COVID, a rate of 0.0013%. While COVID can be serious, it has been much more dangerous to adults.