Nov. 24, 2021– As vaccinations amongst youngsters ages 5-11 choose up steam, a major variety of dad and mom say they don’t need their youngsters 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 suggestion that youngsters 5-11 be vaccinated with the Pfizer pediatric vaccine. That resolution expanded vaccine suggestions to about 28 million youngsters within the United States.
Vaccinations among the many just 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 by the primary week of eligibility, however it has since closed the hole, based mostly on information from the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.
Altogether, simply over 3 million youngsters ages 5-11 have obtained at the least 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 folks 16 to 25 years previous.
Among folks total within the WebMD ballot, 56% mentioned they have been assured or considerably assured that the vaccine is protected for that age group.
Among adolescents and younger adults, uncommon instances of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported. According to the CDC, “[I]n one study, the risk of myocarditis after the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech in the week following vaccination was around 54 cases per million doses administered to males ages 12-17 years.”
Known and potential advantages of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the dangers, together with the attainable threat for myocarditis or pericarditis, the CDC says.
Concerns Also Among Doctors, Nurses
A companion ballot of medical doctors and nurses on Medscape, WebMD’s sister website for well being care professionals, additionally discovered vital hesitation to the youngsters’s vaccines.
Among medical doctors 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 apply registered nurses (APRNs), 45% mentioned they didn’t need their youngsters to get the COVID-19 vaccine; 13% have been uncertain. Among pharmacists, 31% mentioned they’d not get them vaccinated and 9% have been uncertain.
How Safe Is the Vaccine?
Clinicians have been requested how assured they have been that the vaccine is protected for that age group, and 66% of physicians, 52% of nurses/APRNs, and 66% of pharmacists mentioned they have been considerably or very assured.
Across clinician sorts, girls edged out their male counterparts on confidence within the vaccine’s security: 71% vs. 65% amongst medical doctors, 55% vs. 45% amongst nurses/APRNs, and 68% vs. 60% amongst pharmacists.
Among each medical doctors and nurses, youthful medical doctors (underneath 45) tended to have higher confidence within the vaccine’s security: 72% vs 64% (medical doctors), 54% vs 51% (nurses/APRNs), and 71% vs 59% (pharmacists).
The distinction in confidence was clear between vaccinated and unvaccinated medical doctors. All of the unvaccinated medical doctors who responded to the ballot mentioned they’d no confidence within the vaccine for youths. Among unvaccinate