Kids Ages 5-11 Are Now Eligible For Covid Vaccines—But Polls Suggest Many Parents Won’t Let Their Child Get The Shot

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Children ages 5 to 11 are now allowed to receive the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommended the injection Tuesday night, paving the way for shots to be given starting this week — but recent polls show Many parents are still hesitant or resistant to vaccinating their children.

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A Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted October 14-24 found that 30% of parents of children ages 5-11 “definitely wouldn’t vaccinate” and 5% would only if necessary, while 33% “wait and see.” “.

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An Oct. 18-24 Gallup poll found that only 55% of parents of children younger than 12 plan to vaccinate their children if a Covid-19 vaccine is approved, a number Gallup noted largely unchanged since May.

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A Morning Consult poll from Oct. 8-11 showed that 22% of parents of children under 18 said their children “would not get” the Covid-19 vaccine, and 19% weren’t sure.

An Ipsos October 14-22 Marketing for Change survey found that 31% of parents of 5- to 11-year-olds would not get the Covid-19 vaccine for their children, and 18% were not sure, after an earlier Ipsos survey in September 22. -28 found that 26% of parents of 5- to 11-year-olds were unlikely to vaccinate their children.

The KFF survey found that parents’ biggest concerns when it comes to vaccinating their children are concerns about the long-term effects (76% said they are concerned); serious side effects (71%) and that it will negatively affect their fertility (66%) – which there is no evidence to support – while there are concerns about access to the vaccine, such as taking time off work to vaccinate their child or getting it from somewhere parental trust, ranked lowest.

A Gallup poll found that Republicans, fathers who did not receive the vaccination, and fathers who did not have a college degree were particularly likely to resist the vaccination of their children, and the Morning Consult poll found that mothers were more likely to say they would get their child’s injection than fathers.

What to watch

Child vaccines, which are a lower dose than adult vaccines, are expected to be widely available almost immediately after approval, although the Biden administration said on Tuesday that a vaccine rollout would begin “working in full force” as early as next week as More doses of the vaccine are being delivered to the states.

Huge number

28 million. That’s the number of children eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine that’s now approved for children ages 5 to 11, according to the Biden administration.

main background

The Food and Drug Administration had already authorized the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use for children ages 5 to 11 last week before the CDC recommended it on Tuesday, finding the vaccine to be safe and effective. Experimental data found that the vaccine has an immune response in children similar to that seen in those aged 16 to 25, and that the vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing Covid-19 in children. While the data indicates that Covid-19 has been significantly less serious in children than adults, hospitalization, death and permanent symptoms known as “long Covid” are possible, and children make up a greater proportion of Covid-19 cases in the country as the vaccination rate has risen among adults. The reluctance among parents to vaccinate their children is part of an ongoing broader reluctance among many Americans to get vaccinated, even as data consistently shows that vaccines are safe and highly effective in protecting against severe disease, hospitalization, and death.

What we don’t know

What vaccine mandates will be imposed on children now that the vaccine has been approved. Many experts have supported the Covid-19 vaccines required for in-person schools – and some schools have already implemented them – although the issue remains controversial given the still high rate of vaccination. Surveys show most parents support school mandates, with an Ipsos survey finding that 60% of parents of school-aged children support the vaccine requirement. 53% of parents in the KFF survey said they were worried their child would be forced to get the Covid-19 vaccine against their wishes.

in-depth reading

Here’s how the White House plans to distribute Covid vaccines to children (Forbes)

FDA advisory committee recommends allowing use of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 (Forbes)

Pfizer is preparing to seek US and EU approval after a study showed the vaccine was safe for those aged 5 to 11 (Forbes)

More than 1 in 3 parents won’t let their kids get an antiviral vaccine, according to a poll — here’s what could change their mind (Forbes)

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