Few parents are getting their young children vaccinated against COVID-19, despite the Biden administration’s much-anticipated rollout of the shots for children under the age of five more than a month ago.
As of last week, only 4.7% of U.S. infants aged six months to four had received at most one shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control,
Parents have not lined up to get the shots. They became available in June 18, after the Food and Drug Administration approved emergency use of the Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech vaccines. These were for infants as young as 6 months.
According to the FDA, “the known and potential benefits of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the known and potential risks in the pediatric populations authorized for use for each vaccine.”
Parents are wary and say that they won’t vaccinate young children until more is known about the long-term side effects from the modern technology mRNA (used in Moderna or Pfizer shots) to induce an immune response.
The debate over the shots is raging on social media, with pro-vaccine parents accusing reluctant children of disregarding the advice from medical professionals as well as the U.S. government.
Parents who don’t plan on vaccinating their kids point out the growing evidence that the vaccine has limited efficacy in preventing the disease. While the side effects are being criticized, it is still widely recommended.
” Praise God that some parents use common sense when protecting their children. Your toxic jab is unnecessary! Janet Vogt from Florida stated that.
Another mother, Melissa of Wesley Chapel in Florida said that her 4-year-old son received his first shot a few weeks back with no side effects or adverse reactions.
Parents who have had their children vaccinated feel it will decrease the severity of COVID infections, as the FDA states. Skeptics claim that the vaccine has little impact as young children are very unlikely to get sick with a COVID infection. Immunity also wears down over time.
A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that only one fifth of parents plan to immediately begin vaccinating children younger than five years old. Most parents listed 81%, as one reason for the possible side effects of the shot. However, not enough information is available about long-term impacts on children.
Unvaccinated parents were concerned that their children could get the disease from the vaccine. 70% Those who have unvaccinated kids said they don’t believe the vaccine will protect them.
The CDC statistics show that the percentage of vaccinated kids increases with age but remains low. As of late last month, 37% of children ages 5-11 had received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. The number rises to 69% for those aged 12-17.
COVID has spread to all parts of the world, even among those who have been vaccinated.
President Biden has been placed in quarantine after becoming positive for the virus a second consecutive time within two weeks despite having received two vaccines and two boosters.
Alex Berenson is a journalist who has doubted the effectiveness of COVID vaccinations. He was temporarily banned from Twitter after posting data that challenged the vaccine’s efficacy. Berenson told The Washington Times, “The public, especially parents, have grown more skeptical about the government and health officials on COVID following years of lockdowns and mandates.”
” The fact that so few parents choose to give their children these mRNA shots for vaccination is an astonishing repudiation by the mainstream media and public health establishments, who have been harassing parents about them for many months before approval. COVID is unlikely to pose a risk to any child under the age of five, if they are not already severely ill. The technology’s long-term side effect are still unknown. Parents have told me that most pediatricians are now reluctant to talk about COVID.
A representative for the American Academy of Pediatrics said the academy “recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all children and adolescents 6 months of age and older who do not have contraindications using a vaccine authorized for use for their age.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a Republican father of young children. He has announced that the state will not allow vaccine mandates to be implemented and said state agencies won’t administer shots to children even though they are freely available.
He was subject to a lot of backlash, especially from Mr. Biden who, in a subtle swipe at Mr. DeSantis, said that “elected officials shouldn’t get in the way and create more difficulties for parents who want to vaccinate their children and protect them .”
Mr. DeSantis stated that his decision was scientific.
” Our department of Health has made it clear that there are risks to the health benefits,” he stated in June. We recommend against it .”