About six in 10 parents say that they don’t have enough information about the effectiveness, side effects or safety of the Covid-19 vaccines in children. Infatti, more than one in six parents who have not yet vaccinated their children say that the need for more information, testing and research is the top reason they haven’t yet vaccinated their children against Covid-19, according to the KFF survey.
Dott. Sean O’Leary, vice chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on infectious disease, said that it’s common for parents to take a cautious approach when it comes to their children.
“Generally what we’ve seen throughout the years is that parents tend to be more careful with their kids than themselves,” O’Leary told CNN. “It’s one of those things that predates the pandemic. When you ask parents about their concerns, safety is almost always at the top, and they frequently say they don’t have enough information.”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shared information about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines for children, including data that shows that serious side effects are rare. But parents’ trust in the CDC has dropped from 66% in July to 57% a novembre, according to KFF.
Come previsto, pediatricians are the most trusted source of information about vaccinations, with more than three-quarters of parents saying they trust their child’s pediatrician or health care provider “a great deal” o “fair amount.” Ancora, fewer than half of parents said that they have talked to their child’s pediatrician about the Covid-19 vaccines, according to the survey.
O’Leary says that he has been “highly encouraging primary care providers to take a proactive approach” in communicating with parents about the Covid-19 vaccine.
“There is certainly a lot of information being shared,” Egli ha detto, but even if pediatricians are sending information out in their email newsletters and text message reminders to get children vaccinated, it doesn’t mean parents will always read those messages or click the links.
Much of the slow uptake may be attributed to issues of access instead of hesitancy, O’Leary told CNN.
According to the KFF survey, about one in six parents said that they would have difficulty traveling to a place where their child could be vaccinated and one in five parents said they wouldn’t be able to vaccinate their child in a place they trust. This was especially true for Black and Hispanic parents, as well as those living in households with low income.
Ancora, the broader political divide over vaccines is consistent in attitudes toward vaccinating children. Parents who were less likely to be vaccinated themselves were also less likely to vaccinate their children, including among Republican parents.
Republican parents were more likely than Democratic parents to say they would “definitely not” vaccinate their children against Covid-19 (50% vs. 7%), and they were also more likely than Democratic parents to say they did not have enough information on the safety of the vaccines in children. Anche, maggior parte (61%) Republican parents said the vaccine poses a bigger risk to their children than becoming infected with Covid-19.
More parents are on the same page when it comes to vaccine mandates in schools. Two-thirds (67%) of parents with school-age children say that they do not want schools to require eligible students to be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the KFF survey.
The vast majority of Republican parents (92%) opposed a vaccine requirement for children in schools, while only slightly more than half of parents identifying as Democrats (55%) said they favored a vaccine mandate for students.
But the survey also found that children were more likely to be vaccinated if it was encouraged by their school.
About half of parents said their child’s school provided information about vaccinations, e 44% said that their child’s school had encouraged them to get their child vaccinated. Young children ages 5 per 11 were about three times more likely to be vaccinated if their school encouraged vaccination (28% vs. 8%), and adolescents age 12 per 17 were also more likely to have been vaccinated if their school encouraged vaccination (60% vs. 42%).