Parents have made it very clear, they don’t want COVID shots for their young kids. Lack of research, worries about side effects, and vaccination safety were cited by parents as the main deterrents to giving their toddler the vaccine.
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The Biden administration had hoped that the adoption of the COVID-19 vaccine among young children (under the age of five) would increase.
According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study (read below), more parents say they will never get their child vaccinated against the coronavirus than have already done so, amidst strong attempts from authorities including CDC director Rochelle Walensky and President Joe Biden to convince parents to get the shots.
More than a month after the CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and suggested a vaccine for that age range, only 7% of parents polled claimed their child under five has already received the prescribed vaccination. 43 percent of parents said they will never, ever give their child the vaccine against the virus. 13 percent more people stated they would only do it if it were essential for a task, like going to school.
While the results were skewed by partisanship, with Republicans and Republicans leaning more toward rejecting the COVID-19 immunization for their young children, even Democrats and parents who had already had the vaccination were more inclined to oppose giving their child the shot. Democrats made up 21% of those who said they would not vaccinate their children under the age of five, while Republicans made up 15% of those who had previously done so. Of those who had already received vaccinations, 27% said they would not do so.
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Lack of research, worries about side effects, and vaccination safety were cited by parents as the main deterrents to giving their toddler the vaccine. Another problem is that many parents do not believe their child needs to have an immunization: 53 percent of parents of children aged six months to four years old said that the risk to their children’s health from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine outweighed the risk of them contracting the virus directly.
“COVID doesn’t seem to affect them too much. They have gotten COVID before and got over it fine,” said one Hispanic, Democrat mother from California to Kaiser.
Since the CDC and FDA approved Pfizer and Moderna’s shots last month, public health officials have made a concerted push for toddlers to receive vaccinations. But when it comes to the COVID-19 policy for children, America stands apart from most of its competitors. Only a small number of other nations are currently administering the shots to them.
Read the study methodology below: