The recent FDA emergency authorization of use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 12-15 years old was exciting for some, but not all, parents.
Some were refreshing the vaccine appointment page to get their child vaccinated as soon as possible. But new statistics by the K Health team show that a significant percentage of parents will not be getting their kids vaccinated for COVID-19 any time soon.
It is worth noting up front that out of the 1000 parents surveyed, 37% have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 or aren’t planning to receive the vaccine at all.
Parental Vaccination Reluctance
Parents are split on whether they want their child to get vaccinated. Over 55% of parents are either not planning to get their child vaccinated or waiting to see how things play out before committing to a vaccine.
47% said they are worried that there hasn’t been enough research done on the vaccines, and don’t want to put their child at risk.
Additionally, 30% are concerned about potentially unseen long term side effects.
Only 21% of parents feel the COVID-19 vaccine will be extremely safe.
The Deciding Factors
The top deciding factors for whether parents will get their child vaccinated are:
- Family gatherings or other social events (58%)
- Summer travel and other summer activities (48%)
- School or daycare mandates (43%)
As for whether vaccines should be required for school, parents are split: 53% say that vaccines should be mandatory for children that are eligible, while 47% do not believe vaccines should be required for return to school.
What the Doctors Say
Dr. Chelsea Johnson, Associate Director of Pediatrics at K Health, says:
“The vaccine is safe and effective for children and adults. Getting your children vaccinated is a stand against the fear and isolation we have experienced this past year.
Although the vaccine does protect each child from getting COVID infection – to a much higher degree than most other childhood vaccines – the significance of this gesture is also about protecting the ones we love, care for, work with, school with, and live with.
Children can, and do, spread the virus asymptomatically, pre-symptomatically, and during acute infection to people they come into contact with day to day. The vaccine has been shown to decrease the spread to others if that child becomes infected.”
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