American parents are adamant about not wanting their kids to get injected with the experimental Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines despite the Biden administration’s relentless push to vaccinate young children.
Concerned parents said their decision to refuse vaccines for their children was influenced by worries about side effects and vaccination safety.
Findings from a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study have revealed that more than four in ten parents of children between the ages of six months and four years said that they will “definitely not” get their child vaccinated for COVID-19. Republican or Republican leaning parents (64 percent) and parents who are themselves unvaccinated (64 percent) are particularly likely to say they will “definitely not” vaccinate their youngest children.
More than a month after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave emergency use authorization to and recommended the vaccines for children as young as six months, only 17 percent of parents polled said that their child under five years old has already received the vaccination or will receive it right away.
About 43 percent of parents said they will never give their child the vaccine against COVID-19, while an additional 13 percent said they would only do it if it was required for a task, such as going to school.
Concerns about side effects and unknown long-term effects are common among parents of young children. Some parents expressed concerns that reflect access barriers to getting their young children vaccinated.
More than four in ten or 44 percent of Black parents of unvaccinated children ages six months through four years old reported that they are concerned they might need to take time off work to get their child vaccinated or care for them if they suffer any negative side effects. Meanwhile, 45 percent of Hispanic parents answered that they are worried they won’t be able to get their child vaccinated at a place they trust.
Many parents believe risks to children’s health outweigh benefits of COVID-19 vaccines
Parents cited several factors as the main deterrents to getting young children vaccinated: lack of research, worries about negative side effects and vaccination safety.
They also don’t think their child needs immunization, with 53 percent of parents with children aged six months to four years old saying that the risks to their children’s health from receiving the coronavirus vaccine outweigh the benefits of perceived protection that they can get.
According to a Hispanic, Democrat mother from California, “COVID doesn’t seem to affect them too much. They have gotten COVID before and got over it fine.”
Since the CDC and FDA both approved Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines last June, public health officials have been aggressively pushing for young children to get vaccinated.
But when it comes to the COVID-19 policy for children, America stands out from other countries. Only a handful of other nations are currently administering COVID-19 vaccines to children.
**By Zoey Sky