Most parents of children between the ages of six months and five years don’t plan to vaccinate their little one against COVID-19, despite a controversial decision by the FDA and CDC earlier this year to allow the vaccine.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey, a total of 56 percent of parents say they don’t want to spank their child — 43 percent say not at all, and 13 percent say they only do it when required.
The most common reasons for refusal are concerns about side effects and a lack of research and testing that goes into the development and distribution of the equipment.
America’s general concern about the pandemic seems to be waning, and the BA.5 summer wave may already have failed. In the past week, daily infections caused by the virus fell by 10 percent to 127,251 a day, while deaths fell by 17 percent each day to 440 in the period.
KFF survey shows most parents do not want their child between six months and five years of age to get the COVID-19 vaccine
About one in five parents worry that the equipment for children has not yet been sufficiently tested for use. Some health professionals expressed similar concerns after the shooting was approved last month
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The KFF Vaccine Monitor included 1,585 American parents. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines under review were approved by health officials in late June.
The decision by officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make the footage available has been criticized by some experts as not following the science and instead making the footage available for accuracy.
Most parents of young children would agree. The vast majority of U.S. adults are vaccinated themselves — the CDC estimates that about 90 percent have received at least one shot of the vaccine — but they may be reluctant to give their children the shot.
The survey found that only seven percent of parents said their child had been shot, and 10 percent said they planned to have their child shot immediately.
The most popular response was, 43 percent of parents told their children, “of course not.” Another 13 percent said that they would get their child vaccinated only if there were certain requirements.
Every fourth parent answered “we will wait” before vaccinating their child.
Vaccination rates for vaccines have increased since regulatory approval. In April, when KFF last asked the question, only 38 percent of parents said they would not shoot their children, or would do so only when required.
Parents who don’t want their child to be spanked are overwhelmingly Republican — 64 percent say they wouldn’t get a shot, compared to only 21 percent of Democrats, and 64 percent say they haven’t been vaccinated.
They seem concerned about a lack of testing and research, with almost a fifth citing this as a reason for not vaccinating their young child.
Many health experts raised similar concerns when it was first approved in June.
Dr. Vinay Prasad, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, has criticized the vaccine and the data used to promote its effectiveness in young children.
In a YouTube video, he focused on Moderna’s claim that the vaccine is 38 percent effective against the virus. He said when the data is adjusted by the firm to account for in-house testing — in some cases not recorded properly — the efficiency drops to 27 percent.
He also said there is little data to support Pfizer’s claim that the vaccine is 80 percent effective at preventing infection.
“We have to be honest about these things,” he said.
Dr. Marty Macari, a public health expert at Johns Hopkins University, tweeted in response to the CDC’s approval of the shots:
“A more honest statement: “We approved the vaccine for infants and young children based on small data. Although we believe it is safe in this population, the sample size of the study was very small [conclusion] about security. Note that the studies were conducted in children with no natural immunity”
The KFF survey also found that 53 percent of parents believe that the shot itself poses a greater threat to their children than the virus.
Although the shot has been deemed safe and effective by officials around the world, children are less at risk from the virus.
The CDC found earlier this year that three-quarters of U.S. minors have been infected with COVID-19 at some point in the past two years, the highest rate of any age group.
However, they account for 0.1 percent of all deaths in America. They also experience severe symptoms of Covid.
The data also comes on the heels of an outbreak of BA.5, which was predicted to hit the nation this summer, as it may not materialize.
The BA.5 variant is feared to be the most transmissible version of the virus to be handled by health care workers in the United States.
It also suppresses immunity and can protect a person from previous Covid infection. Experts believe that a person can be reinfected with BA.5 within weeks of recovering from another version of the Omicron variant.
It’s a potentially worrisome prospect that changes how many understand the pandemic.
BA.5 has spread rapidly in America and now accounts for four out of every five cases in the US
Although this has led to an increase in cases in recent weeks, experts are not yet panicking.
“The good news here is that our tools, our vaccines, if you’re up-to-date, if you’re recently vaccinated … if you’re treated, they’re going to work really well,” Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s COVID-19 response. The coordinator told ABC last weekend.
“It’s a dangerous area, but we know how to manage it.”
He noted that people over the age of 50 – the people most at risk from the virus – are more likely to have received the fourth dose of the vaccine.
The shots, a second booster after the initial two-dose regimen of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, were designed earlier this year to boost protection for the most vulnerable to the virus.