Hesitancy round vaccinating kids in opposition to COVID-19
Reporting by Tim Callanan
A examine by Melbourne’s Royal Kids’s Hospital has discovered vaccine security considerations are making some dad and mom of 5 to 11 year-olds hesitant about vaccinating their kids in opposition to COVID-19.
The ballot of 1,200 dad and mom was performed in July and located nearly a 3rd of respondents have been undecided about whether or not to vaccinate their little one.
Eight out of ten stated they needed to see how kids abroad reacted to the vaccine earlier than making a choice.
Anthea Rhodes is the director of the hospital’s Nationwide Youngster Well being Ballot and stated there was now sufficient knowledge for fogeys to be reassured about vaccine security.
“Security was nonetheless a number one consideration with dad and mom telling us figuring out that the vaccine has been safely rolled out abroad to thousands and thousands of kids will positively affect their very own determination about their little one,” she stated.
Dr Rhodes stated addressing the sensible considerations of fogeys is vital to the rollout’s success.
“As we take into consideration vaccinating kids on this age group, we actually need to be child-centred, do it in a delicate approach that is handy for households,” she stated.
“That may imply we will have extra doubtless a scenario the place they take up the vaccine and a scenario the place they arrive again positively for that second dose in just a few weeks’ time.”