More than 108,000 Australians signed a petition to the Federal Parliament against the use of vaccines for teenagers between 12 and 16 years of age.
The petition was filed after the National Immunization Advisory Agency approved the use of Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) for Australians between 12 and 15 years old from September 13.
petition, Immediately stop vaccinating children 12-16 years old against COVID-19Closed on September 1, signed by 108,892 people, claiming that mass vaccination of children is a “gambling” on their lives.
The petition wrote: “There is no short-term, mid-term or long-term data to support that the benefits of this age group outweigh the risks. This is a gamble on the lives of children and the largest experiment known to mankind.”
It took note of data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that young Americans (0-15 years old) have lower infection rates and death rates compared to other age groups.
It added: “The vaccine is in the experimental stage-the trial has not been completed and it has been approved without complete safety and efficacy data.”
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) approved the vaccination of young Australians last week. He said: “From the clinical trials of Comirnaty (Pfizer) and Spikevax, there is a high level of evidence that the Adolescents have strong immunogenicity and vaccine efficacy. (Modern).”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison supports this initiative, saying it will speed up the vaccination rate for the entire population.
“Australia has 1.2 million (12 to 15 years of age). You can see that when we can complete 1.8 million doses of vaccine in a week, then make sure that we can also vaccinate 1.2 million children aged 12 to 15 at the same time. Reaching the level we need to achieve there is a task that is fully within the scope of the vaccination plan,” he told reporters on August 26.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said that more children will be infected in 2021, partly because more adults are vaccinated.
He said: “Although the numbers already exist and we have found cases in children, most of them are family clusters, and some are related to school clusters.” “Almost exclusively, children’s diseases are much more serious than adults.”
Vaccination is a key indicator for Australia to get rid of frequent lockdowns and continued health restrictions.
The National Cabinet-an intergovernmental body composed of prime ministers and state and territory leaders-agreed in late July to a four-phase vaccination road map.
The country is currently struggling to achieve 70% of the goal-phase B of the roadmap-which will basically eliminate stay-at-home orders and restrictions across the country.
Australian leaders mainly rely on restrictive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19—sometimes, once a case is detected, entire cities are locked down.
However, the spread of Delta variants forced a change in the narrative, and the federal government, the governors of New South Wales and Victoria realized that zero transmission of COVID-19 and its variants was impossible to achieve.
This change also coincides with the increased anxiety caused by the prolonged lockdown in Australians-especially in Sydney and Melbourne-leading to increased mental health problems and unemployment.
On August 21st, thousands of Australians in major metropolitan centers such as Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Coolangatta-Tweed Heads took to the streets to oppose the COVID-19 lockdown measures.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times