Many parents hesitant of getting their young children vaccinated against COVID-19

A survey has found that a number of parents are hesitating to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19

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While a number of adults across the globe have been vaccinated against COVID-19, children continue to remain vulnerable to catch the infection. While the vaccine for adults was the first to come out, the vaccine for children is on the verge to be rolled out by the drug companies across the globe. A number of clinical trials are being conducted and after the emergency authorization formalities, the vaccine for children could be launched soon. But as per a new survey, hesitancy among the parents of young children has been observed to get them vaccinated.

This could be due to the reason, that the vaccine would be new and significantly experimental. The US Food and Drug Administration advisors would be recommending the vaccine for children between the age 5 and 11 years. The U.S. Centres for Disease Control advisors are also expected to do the same and the decision could be taken as early as by next week. Nearly 28 million children are expected to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine under the abovementioned age group. The pharmacies and pediatricians are already preparing to administer the shots.

The survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that only 27 percent of the parents have said that they intend to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible. The rest of the 66 percent of the participants of the survey had expressed concerns about their child’s fertility in future. Concerns regarding the reproductive issues are very recent.

It was in the month of January, when 3 percent of the adults had expressed concerns about facing fertility issues associated with the vaccine. Majority of the health care experts have agreed with the FDA that the benefits of the vaccine are far better than the risk in children. At the same time experts have also said that there is no evidence that there could be fertility problems among the risks of taking the vaccine.

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