Nov. 24, 2021– As vaccinations amongst youngsters ages 5-11 choose up steam, a big variety of dad and mom say they don’t need their children vaccinated.
In a ballot of WebMD readers, 49% of these responding who’ve youngsters in that age group say they don’t need their little kids 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 USA.
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 via the primary week of eligibility, but it surely has since closed the hole, primarily based on information from the CDC’s COVID Information Tracker.
Altogether, simply over 3 million youngsters ages 5-11 have acquired not less than one dose, which is 10.7% of that age group’s whole 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 individuals 16 to 25 years previous.
Amongst individuals total within the WebMD ballot, 56% mentioned they have been assured or considerably assured that the vaccine is secure for that age group.
Amongst adolescents and younger adults, uncommon circumstances of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported. Based on the CDC, “[I]n one research, the danger 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.”
Recognized 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 docs and nurses on Medscape, WebMD’s sister website for well being care professionals, additionally discovered vital hesitation to the youngsters’s vaccines.
Amongst docs who’ve youngsters in that age group, 30% of respondents mentioned they’d not need their youngsters to be vaccinated; 9% have been uncertain. For nurses and superior observe registered nurses (APRNs), 45% mentioned they didn’t need their children to get the COVID-19 vaccine; 13% have been uncertain. Amongst pharmacists, 31% mentioned they’d 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 secure for that age group, and 66% of physicians, 52% of nurses/APRNs, and 66% of pharmacists mentioned they have been considerably or very assured.
Throughout clinician varieties, ladies edged out their male counterparts on confidence within the vaccine’s security: 71% vs. 65% amongst docs, 55% vs. 45% amongst nurses/APRNs, and 68% vs. 60% amongst pharmacists.
Amongst each docs and nurses, youthful docs (beneath 45) tended to have larger confidence within the vaccine’s security: 72% vs 64% (docs), 54% vs 51% (nurses/APRNs), and 71% vs 59% (pharmacists).
The distinction in confidence was clear between vaccinated and unvaccinated docs. All the unvaccinated docs who responded to the ballot mentioned they’d no confidence within the vaccine for youths. Amongst unvaccinate