On June 28, the Singapore Expert Committee on Covid-19 vaccination rebutted the open letter of five doctors circulating rapidly on social media. The letter called for a stop in the vaccination for young people. Even after acknowledging the risk of pericarditis and myocarditis or heart inflammation and inflammation in the heart’s outer lining, the committee stands by its earlier assessment. It says that the advantages of receiving the Covid-19 vaccines outweigh the risks included in the vaccination.
What Did the Committee Say?
The committee said in a statement posted on the website of the Ministry of Health that an analysis of 129 studies from 21 different nations, including 10,251 children, shows that 22.9 percent of children having Covid-19 were admitted to the ICU, and 3.6 percent died. In the US alone, about 4 million children with Covid-19 were admitted. Out of which only 380 reported death cases were there in the age group 12-17 years. Covid-19 in the youth can lead to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C and several other prolonged disabilities.
It added that the more transmissible Delta variant is circulating, and therefore, it is important to protect the children with two full doses of vaccines. The committee said the studies reflect that only a single dose of vaccination offers 33 percent protection from the recent variant. The open letter by US CDC portrays the 13-year-old-boy death after the second dose of vaccination of an mRNA vaccine. The doctors said the boy died due to heart failure and highlighted the link between myocarditis and mRNA vaccine second dose to young people.
However, the expert committee pointed out that the matter is under US authorities’ investigation, and the report did not mention the death from heart failure. The committee added that the writers chose to highlight a presentation to the ACIP or Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices of CDC but did not mention the data that indicates recovery of patients from the symptoms. They also failed to write about the subsequent discussion at the meeting that supported the complete vaccination of adolescents.
The statement on the website also said that the Expert Committee recommends the usage of mRNA vaccines for young people in order to prevent them from Covid-19. However, vaccinated persons, especially young people, should avoid any kind of strenuous physical activity for at least one week after the second dose as a precaution.