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Only 27% Of Parents Want Their Children Aged 5 To 11 To Get Vaccinated

Millions of parents in the United States are eagerly anticipating the day when their children will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but they are in the minority.

According to new research, the majority of parents would prefer to wait if their children are to be vaccinated at all.

Only 27% Of Parents Want Their Children Aged 5 To 11 To Get Vaccinated

Despite the fact that approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11 is being eagerly awaited in some quarters – it could happen as soon as next week – a Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 68 percent of parents with children in that age range would either wait and see (33 percent), absolutely refuse to have their children receive the shots (30 percent), or only do so if required (5 percent).

Only 27% Of Parents Want Their Children Aged 5 To 11 To Get Vaccinated

Despite a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claiming that 42 percent of children aged 5 to 11 in the United States had caught COVID by the end of June, the enthusiastic parents accounted for just 27 percent. Over 8,300 of them have been admitted to hospitals.

The poll indicated that parental concerns about the COVID vaccination are mostly based on fears, some of which appear to be unfounded.

In the poll, 76 percent of parents expressed worry about the COVID vaccinations’ long-term effects on children, and 66 percent expressed fear that the immunizations would damage their fertility in the future. According to the CDC, there’s no reason to believe this may happen.

“This is the medicine of Facebook. In response to concerns about future fertility, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine at George Washington University, told CNN on Thursday that parents should focus on evidence-based medicine. “It isn’t founded on any facts. That is not supported by evidence. 

In anticipation of regulatory approval, several states are prepared to receive hundreds of thousands of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 next week.

An FDA advisory group earlier this week recommended the immunizations for children, which will be at lower doses than the adult shots, and they might be approved by next week. The FDA will determine whether or not to approve the vaccinations for children, and then the CDC will decide whether or not to recommend the doses.

The US government has ordered an extra 50 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, including dosages for children, according to Pfizer and BioNTech.

The state ordered 230,000 tablets to be distributed to physicians next week, and an additional 86,000 doses are scheduled to arrive at pharmacies, according to Michele Roberts, acting Assistant Secretary of the Washington Department of Health.

According to Indiana’s top medical officer, Dr. Lindsay Weaver, the state expects to receive more than 200,000 pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday and Tuesday.

While states will not begin delivering the doses until authorization is given, they are prepared for the estimated 28 million youngsters aged 5 to 11 who will be eligible for the vaccines.

 

 

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