May 4, 2022 - Health

Most parents will wait on COVID shots for young children

A syringe and bottle labeled "Vaccine COVID-19"
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One in five parents of children under age 5 are ready to get their kids vaccinated as soon as COVID-19 shots are available for that age group while about twice as many parents are taking a wait-and-see approach, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

By the numbers: Though the FDA has still not authorized any COVID-19 vaccine for young children, 18% of parents of children under 5 said they'll vaccinate their kids right away once a shot is authorized.

  • Another 38% said they'll "wait and see," and four in 10 others are more reluctant.
  • 56% said they don't have enough information about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines for young children.

Yes, but: Views on vaccine safety don't appear to have changed significantly in the face of FDA delays in the authorization process.

  • 22% said the delay has made them more confident while 13% said it made them less confident.

Workplace issues: With more employees returning to workplaces, the survey found Black and Hispanic respondents and those with lower incomes less likely to report feeling safe when they go to work.

  • Black and Hispanic parents also are less likely than white parents to say they feel their child is very safe at school and more likely to say their child usually wears at a mask while there.

The survey of 1,889 adults was conducted April 13 to 26, before Moderna requested the FDA authorize its COVID vaccine for children under 5.

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