49% of Parents of Kids 5-11 Reject COVID Shot for Them
Nov. 24, 2021– As vaccinations amongst youngsters ages 5-11 choose up steam, a big variety of mother and father say they are not looking for their youngsters vaccinated.
In a ballot of WebMD readers, 49% of these responding who’ve youngsters in that age group say they are not looking for their little children to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Nov. 2, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, endorsed an company advisory panel’s advice that youngsters 5-11 be vaccinated with the Pfizer pediatric vaccine. That call expanded vaccine suggestions to about 28 million youngsters in the US.
Vaccinations among the many lately eligible 5- to 11-year-olds have steadily elevated after a considerably gradual begin. At first, the tempo was behind that of the 12- to 15-years-olds by means of the primary week of eligibility, however it has since closed the hole, primarily based on knowledge from the CDC’s COVID Knowledge Tracker.
Altogether, simply over 3 million youngsters ages 5-11 have obtained at the very least one dose, which is 10.7% of that age group’s complete inhabitants.
The CDC says that the Pfizer vaccine was greater than 90% efficient in stopping COVID-19 an infection in youngsters 5 to fifteen years previous, and that the immune response in youngsters ages 5-15 equaled the immune response in folks 16 to 25 years previous.
Amongst folks general within the WebMD ballot, 56% stated they have been assured or considerably assured that the vaccine is protected for that age group.
Amongst adolescents and younger adults, uncommon circumstances of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported. According to the CDC, “[I]n one examine, the chance of myocarditis after the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech within the week following vaccination was round 54 circumstances per million doses administered to males ages 12-17 years.”
Identified and potential advantages of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the dangers, together with the potential danger for myocarditis or pericarditis, the CDC says.
Issues Additionally Amongst Medical doctors, Nurses
A companion ballot of medical doctors and nurses on Medscape, WebMD’s sister web site for well being care professionals, additionally discovered vital hesitation to the kids’s vaccines.
Amongst medical doctors who’ve youngsters in that age group, 30% of respondents stated they might not need their youngsters to be vaccinated; 9% have been uncertain. For nurses and superior observe registered nurses (APRNs), 45% stated they didn’t need their youngsters to get the COVID-19 vaccine; 13% have been uncertain. Amongst pharmacists, 31% stated they might not get them vaccinated and 9% have been uncertain.
How Protected Is the Vaccine?
Clinicians have been requested how assured they have been that the vaccine is protected for that age group, and 66% of physicians, 52% of nurses/APRNs, and 66% of pharmacists stated they have been considerably or very assured.
Throughout clinician sorts, ladies edged out their male counterparts on confidence within the vaccine’s security: 71% vs. 65% amongst medical doctors, 55% vs. 45% amongst nurses/APRNs, and 68% vs. 60% amongst pharmacists.
Amongst each medical doctors and nurses, youthful medical doctors (below 45) tended to have larger confidence within the vaccine’s security: 72% vs 64% (medical doctors), 54% vs 51% (nurses/APRNs), and 71% vs 59% (pharmacists).
The distinction in confidence was clear between vaccinated and unvaccinated medical doctors. The entire unvaccinated medical doctors who responded to the ballot stated they’d no confidence within the vaccine for youths. Amongst unvaccinate