Australia is going to start vaccinating 12 year olds.
The UK will be vaccinating the same age group, most likely when they return to school next month. For the purposes of consent, 12 year olds have been deemed to have Gillick Competence, so are judged legally able to agree without their parents’ knowledge (for details on this plan, listen to the Daily Telegraph Planet Normal 26th August podcast from the 10 minute mark).
I will attempt to “steel man” the argument in favour of vaccinating 12 year olds.:
Argument 1 – this will protect the young from serious harm from the virus.
Argument 2 – this will increase the wider community safety through reduced transmission.
I believe I have repeated in good faith the two main arguments for the policy.
What’s the data say?
Argument 1 doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. CDC data summarised by the Spectator here shows a 0.002% chance of kids dying from the virus. That’s significantly lower than the regular seasonal flu, against which we don’t currently vaccinate kids.
Argument 2 relies on an incorrect assumption the vaccines prevent, or at least massively reduce transmission. This is not borne out by data from heavily vaccinated countries.
Israel, for example:
They know of this data, of course they do. It’s freely available and reported by reputable media and government departments.
Yet they are forging ahead with the unethical and pointless policy of vaccinating young people with minimum risk from the virus in the false promise it will protect the elderly. As Sir Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford Vaccine Group states, herd immunity is not possible.
One can now only conclude this is a tragic example of the Banality of Evil.
We are now living in the terrifying reality of the bio-security Fascistic state.