On Thursday, the New York Times issued a correction stating that they had seriously misreported the number of children hospitalized from the coronavirus throughout the pandemic by over 800,000 cases. They had initially reported that 900,000 children had been hospitalized with the virus when the actual number was closer to 63,000.

“A New Vaccine Strategy for Children: Just One Dose, for Now” first reported that about “900,000 children have been hospitalized” with the virus since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. However, the article has since been corrected to say that  “more than 63,000 children were hospitalized with COVID-19 from August 2020 to October 2021.” – New York Times



The editor made several other corrections.

“An earlier version of this article incorrectly described actions taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark. They have halted use of the Moderna vaccine in children; they have not begun offering single doses… also misstated the number of COVID hospitalizations in U.S. children. It is more than 63,000 from August 2020 to October 2021, not 900,000 since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, the article misstated the timing of a Food and Drug Administration meeting on authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children. It is later this month, not next week.” – Corrections from the editor.

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The article was highly criticized on Twitter for all of the corrections made after the New York Times had just fired several senior staff members. I wonder if Facebook or Twitter fact-checked this New York Times article before the corrections were made.


The corrections in the article were made after a recent Gallup poll found a significant amount of Americans believe that the Covid-19 hospitalization rate is significantly overstated. Gallup utilized public health data and stated under different circumstances, the hospitalization rate for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated is less than 1 percent.

“Democrats are more likely to overstate hospitalization risks for unvaccinated people, which may fuel efforts, often led by Democratic Party leaders, to enforce both mask and vaccine mandates,” – Gallup poll pollsters.