Less than a third of US parents say they would let their child get the COVID-19 vaccine immediately: survey – fr

Less than a third of US parents say they would let their child get the COVID-19 vaccine immediately: survey – fr

As COVID-19 vaccine makers try to get their vaccines cleared for young children in the US, less than a third of parents say they would get their child vaccinated as soon as it is cleared for their age group , according to a survey.

About 29% of parents of children under 18 said they would have their child vaccinated ‘right away’ as soon as the child was eligible, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor released Thursday .

Another 32% said they would wait to see how the vaccine works before having their child vaccinated. The remaining parents said either their child would only be vaccinated if their school required it (15%) or would definitely not be vaccinated (19%), according to KFF.

Acceptance will be closely watched by public health officials who say immunizing children will be key to eradicating the pandemic.

“It’s going to be very difficult, if not impossible, for us to achieve collective immunity unless our children are also vaccinated,” Dr. Leana Wen, CNN medical analyst and former commissioner of Baltimore’s health.

One vaccine – from Pfizer / BioNTech – is already licensed in the United States for people aged 16 and over, while two more – from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – are licensed for those 18 and over.

Efforts are underway to expand eligibility. The United States Food and Drug Administration may extend its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Pfizer / BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to 12-15 years old early next week, a federal official told CNN.

The survey percentages aren’t that far off those of American adults late last year when they took a KFF questionnaire to find out if they would receive a COVID-19 vaccine themselves, just as vaccines were allowed for anyone.

In this survey released in December, 34% of adults said they would get a vaccine as soon as possible, and 39% said they would wait and see.

These attitudes have evolved into acceptance over time. The latest data from the KFF shows that about 64% of American adults say they have already received a vaccine or will get one as soon as possible, while an additional 15% say they will wait and see.

In the last survey, parents’ intentions for their children largely matched their intentions for themselves. Among parents who have already received at least one dose or want it as soon as possible, three-quarters said they would have their children vaccinated immediately (48%) or wait and see (29%), KFF said.

The latest survey by the nonprofit health research group was conducted April 15-29 among 2,097 adults.

Pfizer and Moderna are testing their vaccines in children as young as 6 months old and plan to apply to the FDA for a US covering infants and children later this year. Pfizer plans to submit to the EUA for children ages 2 to 11 in September, the company said on Tuesday.

Adult enthusiasm has only increased slightly in the past month

When it comes to adults’ intentions for themselves, the most enthusiastic group only increased slightly from March through April, even though every adult is now eligible across the United States, KFF said.

The percentage of adults who said they had already received the vaccine or wanted one as soon as possible rose from 61% in March to 64% in April, KFF said.

According to Kaiser, adults saying they would wait to see went from 17% in March to 15% in April.

The slight increase in general enthusiasm suggests “that increasing vaccination rates beyond this point will require converting other people who are less enthusiastic and vaccination rates may only increase from now on.” KFF said in a press release Thursday.

Experts said more people will need to be persuaded to get vaccinated to be assured of community immunity.

Health officials, including Dr Anthony Fauci, estimate that between 70% and 85% of the country must be immune to the virus – either by inoculation or previous infection – to suppress its spread.

Vaccine expert Dr Paul Offit told CNN on Tuesday that the United States must achieve 80% community immunity, through vaccination or a previous infection, or the country could see another increase in cases coronavirus this winter.

As of Wednesday morning, nearly 45% of the U.S. population had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 32% were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. Among those aged 18 and over, about 57% have received at least one dose and over 41% are fully immunized.

Republicans heat up to get shots, poll finds

The new KFF poll suggests that there is a slightly increasing possibility of vaccinating a group that, according to repeated surveys, were reluctant to be vaccinated.

The percentage of Republicans who say they have received a COVID-19 vaccine or intend to get one rose from 46% in March to 55% last month, according to the survey.

That number roughly coincides with a drop in the proportion of Republicans who say they definitely won’t be vaccinated. In March, 29% of Republicans polled said they wouldn’t get a chance; this percentage has now fallen to 20%.

Republicans are the political group with the most hesitation about vaccination. In contrast, 4% of Democrats and 13% of independents say they do not get vaccinated, according to the survey.


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