(PresidentialInsider.com)- During an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” this weekend, former HUD secretary Dr. Ben Carson cautioned against giving children ages 5 to 11 the COVID vaccines, calling their vaccination “a giant experiment.”
Asked by host Maria Bartiromo if he agreed with the recent Centers for Disease Control decision to allow young children to receive the Pfizer vaccine, Carson said, “absolutely not.”
Carson reminded Bartiromo that the death rate from COVID among children that age is 0.025 percent, which, he explained, is very similar to the rate for seasonal flu. But more importantly, Carson said, the long-term impact of the COVID vaccines is still unknown. So vaccinating children this young “is really sort of a giant experiment.”
He asked if parents were sure they wanted to put their children at risk from the vaccine when the risk from the virus among children remains “relatively small.” Carson added that since any possible future risk from vaccinating children is still unknown, it makes no sense “whatsoever” to vaccinate them.
Dr. Ben Carson on vaccinating children: "This is really a giant experiment. Do we want to put our children at risk when we know that the risk of the disease to them is relatively small, but we don't know what the future [vaccine] risks are? Why would we do a thing like that?" 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jp5MK4iKXm
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) October 31, 2021
When the FDA met to discuss making the vaccines available to children 5 to 11, Dr. Eric Rubin, one of the voting members of the advisory committee, admitted that they won’t know if the COVID vaccine is safe for children until they begin vaccinating them.
Despite this, on Wednesday while announcing the CDC approving the Pfizer vaccine for children under twelve, President Biden urged parents to get their children vaccinated. Calling it “a day of relief and celebration,” Biden told parents that they can now protect their children from “this horrible virus” – from which these children are not at risk.
New York City wasted no time implementing a plan to set up vaccination sites within all 1,080 public schools across the city between November 8 and 15. Students must have verbal consent from a parent or guardian to be vaccinated at these school-based sites. The NYC schools will then work with parents to schedule an appointment for the child to receive the second dose somewhere else.