Less than a third of parents say they’d let their child get Covid-19 vaccine right away, survey finds
By Jason Hanna, CNN
Updated 1:40 PM ET, Thu May 6, 2021
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(CNN)As Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers try to get their shots authorized for younger children in the US, less than a third of parents say they would get their child vaccinated as soon as it is authorized for their age group, a survey reveals.
About 29% of parents of children under age 18 said they would get their child vaccinated “right away” as soon as the child was eligible, according to Kaiser Family Foundation Covid-19 Vaccine Monitor data published Thursday.
An additional 32% said they would wait to see how the vaccine is working before getting their child inoculated. The remaining parents said either that their child would be vaccinated only if their school requires it (15%) or definitely wouldn’t be vaccinated (19%), according to KFF.
Acceptance will be keenly monitored by public health officials who say vaccinating children will be key to stamping out the pandemic.
“It’s going to be very difficult, if not impossible, for us to reach herd immunity unless our children are also vaccinated,” Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst and a former Baltimore health commissioner, told CNN April 24.
One vaccine — from Pfizer/BioNTech — already is authorized in the US for people ages 16 and up, while two others — from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — are authorized for 18 and older.