A new survey finds that more than half of parents with children under the age of 12 in the US plan to have their children vaccinated. coronavirus When a vaccine becomes available, suggests great hesitation as Pfizer seeks federal approval to administer its vaccine to children.
Earlier this month a random sample of more than 4,000 parents over seven days found that 45% said they would not vaccinate their child under the age of 12, while 55% said they would. Gallup poll results out Tuesday.
The poll results were released the same day that Pfizer and BioNTech submitted their vaccine data to the Food and Drug Administration for review, after determining that their vaccine is safe and effective in children ages 5 to 11. is both. Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not authorized in the US for children under the age of 12.
Gallup’s survey found that a majority of respondents – 75% – have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Similar federal figures. Gallup reports that more than half of teens aged 16-18 have received at least one dose, and less than half of children aged 12-15 have received it.
“Survey data suggests that vaccinating young children may be a more difficult challenge than vaccinating parents and older children,” Gallup reports.
Poll results were similarly divided when it came to parents’ concerns about the virus infecting their child.
More than half of parents surveyed with children under 12 said they were either “very” or “somewhat” concerned that their child would contract the virus, while 47% of them said that They were either “not very worried” or “not worried at all.”
Gallup poll results were similar to results of a smaller last week’s vote By Axios/Ipsos. That survey found that 42% of respondents with children under the age of 12 said that once they became eligible for a vaccine, their children were unlikely to be vaccinated, compared with 44% of respondents. Said they would.
Rob DeJornet, a father of two girls in North Carolina who was not part of either survey, reported that he is less concerned about his 6- and 9-year-old daughters, as current data suggests they are more likely to be symptomatic. is less. However, he is eager to get them vaccinated, as he believes the low vaccination rate is delaying the return to normalcy.
“It’s been a year and a half since I both had kids [in-person school] for five straight days. A year and a half,” DeJornet said, adding that when his daughters are not in school, he or his wife has to leave work to see them. “Kids are not getting the social interaction they desperately need.”
Because of the coronavirus outbreak in his youngest daughter’s class this week, both his wife and daughter tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, meaning Dejornet and his wife will be out of work for two weeks, he said. .
“It’s like, when is this going to end?” he said.
Pennsylvania mom Joanna Hunt, whose 7-year-old daughter has cystic fibrosis and lung scars from a previous infection, also said vaccinating her child would be “a light at the end of a long and lonely tunnel.”
“Anything that affects the lungs can be a real problem for her,” Hunt explained of the potential risks her daughter faces if she contracts the coronavirus.
Of course, there is a part of me that is concerned about my daughter’s reaction to the vaccine. But he could have reacted to anything new.
Joanna Hunt, parents of 7-year-old daughter
“Our daughter was kept in isolation for over a year. Finally, in the summer we allowed children to play outside (with masks) whose parents have been vaccinated and work from home,” Hunt wrote in an online message. “If local numbers increase, we will be forced to stop allowing our daughter to play outside with other children again.”
When asked about any fears or concerns about the vaccine, Hunt said that she relies on science and sees how it has significantly improved her daughter’s life as she becomes new and new to her cystic fibrosis. receives ongoing treatment.
“Of course there is a part of me that is concerned about my daughter’s reaction to the vaccine. But she could have reacted to anything new – food, medicine, latex – who knows! With the information we have, we do everything we can to make sure he has the best life possible,” she said.
New coronavirus cases among children have been at their highest level in recent weeks, according to For weekly case count by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. Cases began to rise in early summer when more infectious delta virus variants began to emerge.