Parents Resist: Young Kids’ COVID Vaccination Rates Are Low

Few parents of young children get their kids vaccinated.

Less than 4% of kids under the age of 2 have been given the COVID vaccine, and just a bit more than 6% of kids between the ages of 2 and 4 have been given the COVID vaccine.

This is a lot less than the 30% of 5–11-year-olds who are fully vaccinated.

According to the Washington Examiner:


19 vaccinations for the youngest people in the U.S. are getting off to a slow start because there aren't as many chances to get the shots and parents are hesitant or don't want to vaccinate their babies and toddlers.

Since the Food and Drug Administration approved COVID-19 vaccine doses for kids ages 6 months to 4 years old more than two months ago, just under 4% of babies younger than 2 years old and a little more than 6% of kids ages 2 to 4 have gotten their first dose. About 1 million children under the age of 5 have gotten their first shot. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 30%, or more than 8 million, of children between the ages of 5 and 11 are fully vaccinated. The rate of vaccination goes up with each age group.

Dr. Sandra Bonat, a pediatric physician advisor at VIP StarNetwork, said, "I think some people are waiting to see more vaccinations of that age group before they decide to vaccinate their child to make sure it is safe."  “Parents think that because COVID has not been super severe in kids, it’s a relatively mild illness for children, for the most part, they don’t even need to do it. They’re just sort of hesitant to do something that they don’t particularly think is necessary.”

A survey done in July found that 53% of parents think that the COVID vaccine is a bigger risk to their child than COVID.

Some parents don't want to vaccinate their young children because they think the vaccine is worse for their health than getting COVID-19. A slight majority (53%) of parents of the youngest children feel this way. 73% of Republican and Republican-leaning parents say the vaccine is a bigger risk, as do 71% of parents who have never been vaccinated and 67% of parents whose child has already tested positive for COVID-19.

The survey also found that 43% of parents say they will never get their kids vaccinated, while only 17% of parents had or planned to get their child vaccinated at the time of the survey.

The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on GATEWAY PUNDIT.

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