May 04, 2022
About 18 percent of parents say they will get their children under 5 vaccinated “right away,” if the nation’s public health agencies authorize COVID-19 vaccines for this age group. Another 38 percent said they would “wait and see,” according to the latest COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
The release of the KFF survey today follows Moderna’s application to the FDA to amend its emergency use authorization to include children between 6 months and 6 years old. The nation’s public health advisors are expected to meet during June to discuss the vaccine for children in this age group.
“Lack of available information may be a factor in parents’ reluctance to get their youngest children vaccinated right away,” the report notes. “A majority of parents of children under 5 say they don’t have enough information about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines for children in this age group (56%).”
Here are five takeaways from the latest KFF survey:
HAP encourages everyone to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines and to monitor the level of COVID-19 in their communities. Additional information about vaccine appointments is available online.
The KFF monitor uses surveys and qualitative research to track the public’s attitudes and perspectives throughout the pandemic. The latest KFF report is available online.
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