- Researchers surveyed more than 27,000 nine to 18-year-olds nationwide
- Exactly 50 percent were ready for the vaccine, while a third were undecided
- A study conducted in the months before the jab rollout for children found that 13 percent said no
According to the largest study of its kind, only half of children in England want the Kovid vaccine.
Researchers earlier this year surveyed more than 27,000 nine- to 18-year-olds across the country before controversial plans for healthy secondary school pupils.
In fact 50 percent were willing to be vaccinated, while a third (37 percent) were undecided and 13 percent wanted to opt out.
Younger children were less willing to be vaccinated than older teens, with most saying they would accept a jab. Young people who had previously tested positive or believed they had already survived Covid were more likely to miss the vaccine.
The research was carried out by the University of Oxford, University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge. Among the lead authors were Professor Russell Viner of UCL and Sir Andrew Pollard, Professor at Oxford, who advises No. 10 on the influential panel.
Britain began vaccinating healthy children aged 12 to 15 for the first time last week with a single dose of Pfizer vaccine.
It did so despite originally not being blessed by the No10 Vaccines Advisory Panel, which said the health benefits to youth were ‘modest’.
The Joint Committee for Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) left the decision to Chris Whitty and the chief medical officers of developed countries.
He signed off on the plans on the grounds that it could prevent hundreds of thousands of school absences. Health chiefs have not yet disclosed how many newly eligible children have received the vaccine.
Younger children were less willing to be vaccinated than older teens, with most saying they would accept a jab. Young people who previously tested positive or believe they already have COVID were more likely to decline the vaccine
Researchers earlier this year surveyed more than 27,000 nine- to 18-year-olds across the country before controversial plans for healthy schoolchildren. In fact 50 percent were willing to be vaccinated, while a third (37 percent) were undecided and 13 percent wanted to opt out.
Fourteen-year-old Jack Lane at the Belfairs Academy in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, last week became one of the first people to benefit from the expansion of Britain’s jab rollout for children.
Teenagers aged 16 and 17 have been invited for jobs since August.
In all, more than one lakh children under the age of 18 have been employed so far, including children who were earlier given priority in the vaccine drive because of their underlying conditions.
The latest survey was conducted between May and July this year in schools in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Merseyside.
The study found that students who were more hesitant about getting the jab were more likely to spend more time on social media, attend schools in disadvantaged areas, and feel more likely to identify with their school community. not created.
Is this the beginning of the fourth wave? Cases of Kovid have started spreading from children to their parents
Children are beginning to spread the coronavirus again to their parents, official figures show amid fears a fourth wave may be imminent.
Health Department figures show England’s infection rate has been rising for a fortnight, after millions of students returned to classes at the beginning of the month. But infections were only rising among young people, with evidence that the reopening of schools was to blame.
Government figures now show, however, that rates are beginning to rise in 35- to 39-year-olds, 40 to 44-year-olds and 45 to 50-year-olds, suggesting that children may have carried the virus home with them. .
Experts have always warned of a new wave after the return of schools, where most have not been vaccinated. In the worst-affected parts of the country, one in 24 children tested positive last week alone.
Scientists say the increase in adults could be the result of millions more Britons returning to offices this month following the end of work from home guidance.
Researchers are calling for more resources and information about the benefits and risks of vaccinations to help children inform their decision.
He said he was open to the idea of collaborating with social media platforms like TikTok and using influencers to send messages.
Sir Andrew, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, said: ‘Given the enormous disruption that has happened in education and for children, I think this study is really important because it highlights how we are really doing this. Important groups have missed out on ensuring that they have access to information.
‘And of course they do not access their information by reading newspapers or watching broadcast news. A lot of it is through social media.
He added: ‘We have to do some work to improve it.’
Dr Meena Fazal, a child and adolescent psychiatry specialist at Oxford, said: ‘The young people we have spoken to are saying that we need to use social media channels.
‘Maybe getting celebrities involved is a route they’ll listen to more.’
She continued: ‘I am also very interested in how to use TikTok. We open doors for any kind of influencers – major influencers, minor influencers – who want to know more about these findings to provide their medium of information.’
The survey found that the majority of youth who said they were hesitant to receive the vaccine were still undecided.
Professor Viner, a specialist in child and adolescent health at UCL, said: ‘This is a huge opportunity for us, but it also suggests that there is a risk.’
He warned: ‘Young people are potentially vulnerable to people who push ideas that are too strongly opposed…