A Medscape survey revealed that clinicians’ would not want their kids from the ages of 5-11 to take the vaccine against COVID-19.
The survey was conducted with physicians who have children within that age group; Thirty percent said they would not want their kids to be vaccinated, while 9 percent were unsure. For nurses/advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), more than 45 percent of them said that they did not want their children to get the COVID-19 vaccine, while 13 percent were unsure. In the pharmacist population, 31 percent said they wouldn’t have their kids vaccinated, and 9 percent were unsure.
A poll between consumers and clinicians showed that the latter were more likely to want vaccinations for their kids 5-11 than the 510 consumers. Out of the consumers who had kids that age, 49 percent did not want them to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
On November 2, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ advisory for children 5-11 to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine.
“We know millions of parents are eager to get their children vaccinated, and with this decision, we now have recommended that about 28 million children receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated,” Walensky said.
The CDC reported that, in clinical trials, the Pfizer vaccine was over 90 percent efficient for preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection in kids ages 5 to 15 years old. Additionally, the immune response in children ages 5-15 was the same as those in people ages 16 to 25 years old.
The CDC also said that they believe that the vaccine side effects were “mild, self-limiting, and similar to those seen in adults and with other vaccines recommended for children” in clinical trials.
The Medscape poll took place November 3-11 and included responses from 325 physicians, 793 nurses, and 151 pharmacists.