(Slay News) – More than half of babies and toddlers suffered a “systemic reaction” after receiving vaccine shots for COVID-19, a new study has found.
The figures were revealed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which collected the data through a program called V-Safe.
V-Safe is a smartphone-based monitoring system that operates through an app that parents download to their phones.
The study shows that a staggering number of children aged between 6 months and 2 years of age had suffered a “systemic reaction,” which is a response beyond the injection site.
Over 55 percent of children in this age group had a systemic reaction in response to their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
According to the data, almost 60 percent had a reaction to the second dose of the Moderna vaccine.
The most common systemic reactions were fatigue, fever, irritability, and crying.
However, parents of more than 6 percent of the children in the study said their child was unable to perform normal activities after the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
Between June 18 and Aug. 21, parents of more than 10,000 young children reported reactions to the CDC through V-Safe.
All of the reports were made within seven days of their child receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.
Parents of 8,338 children ages 6 months to 2 years who’d received the Moderna vaccine reported information through V-Safe, with 55.7 percent of them reporting a systemic reaction after the first dose, and about 58 percent after the second dose.
For the Pfizer vaccine, parents of 4,749 children ages 6 months to 2 years submitted reports showing that 55.8 percent of them had a systemic reaction after the first dose and about 47 percent after the second dose of the vaccine.
The most frequently reported reactions for children 6 months to 2 years were irritability or crying, sleepiness, and fever.
For children aged 3-5 years, the most common were injection site pain, fatigue, and fever.
However, the data also showed a more serious category of reaction labeled “any health impact.”
About 10 percent of all children 6 months to 2 years were reported to have a “health impact” after getting their first dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
For the Moderna vaccine, slightly more children had a health impact after the second dose; for the Pfizer vaccine, it was slightly less.
The information was presented to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Sept. 1 as part of an overview of all data related to the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
In addition to V-Safe, data was presented summarizing reports from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and also from the Vaccine Safety Data Link (VSD), which includes data from several large health maintenance organizations in the United States.
All three systems look at the safety of vaccines after they’ve already gone to market and have been administered to large numbers of people.
The information was presented by Tom Shimabukuro, the head of the CDC’s vaccine safety team, who told committee members that no “statistical signals” of COVID-19 vaccine reactions were found for young children in the VSD data.
He also said that systemic reactions were “commonly reported” following vaccines.
In a review of the VAERS data on young children from June 18 to Aug. 31, the CDC had 496 reports of adverse events for children 6 months to 4 years who received the Pfizer vaccine and 521 for children 6 months to 5 who received the Moderna shot, with an adverse event defined as a possible side effect.
Just over 98 percent of reports were for what the CDC considers non-serious events.
But reading through the serious reports in VAERS gives the reader an idea of the impact of some of the adverse reactions among babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
There are 220 reports of persons aged 6 months to 5 years of age being taken to the emergency room following a COVID-19 vaccine.
In one case involving a 2-year-old boy in Arizona, the VAERS report says he was given the Pfizer vaccine on July 29 and on July 30, had a “life-threatening episode.”
The report lists his symptoms as “clammy skin and vomiting leading (8 minutes) to difficulty breathing.”
The boy “turned blue,” was “limp” and “non-responsive” and “fully stopped breathing for two minutes,” according to the report.
He was revived after chest compressions.
The FDA approved the emergency-use authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months to 5 years on June 17.
From June 18 through Aug. 31, approximately 1 million doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were administered to children in this age group.
According to the CDC, about 599,460 children in this age group have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and about 440,770 have received the Moderna vaccine.