Utahs with children under the age of 18 are divided by vaccination against COVID-19, according to a new / Hinckley Institute of Politics survey, with federal approval close to 5 to 11 years old for shots taken in early November.
The US Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee is expected to announce Tuesday whether the Pfizer vaccine should be recommended for children under 5 years of age. There are several steps in the approval process, including the Centers for Disease Control. Meeting next week on prevention, the issue.
Vaccines are already available across the United States for those over the age of 18, including the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson brands. The FDA panel was told that COVID-19 is one of the top 10 causes of death among 5-11 children, with about 100 people dying from the virus nationwide.
In Utah, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of two young men under the age of 18. In March, a Salt Lake County boy between the ages of 1 and 14 died of the virus, just months before the vaccination age limit was reduced to 16, and in September, the death of a vaccinated girl believed to be 15 to 17 years old was reported.
Less than 48% of 12- to 15-year-old Utans are fully vaccinated against the deadly virus, meaning that it is two weeks or more from their final dose, but 55% of those 65 and older, including 86% of Utahs, are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 Considered, the same can be said.
And the results of a new survey from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics suggest why.
In just over half the Utahns survey, 53% said they did not have children under the age of 18 when children and adolescents were asked to describe their responses to getting the COVID-19 vaccine as a parent or guardian of a child of that age.
The remainder were split in support of vaccination for children and adolescents, with 10% saying their children were already eligible for strokes and receiving them, and another 12% planned to vaccinate their children as soon as they became eligible.
But another 10% said they would like to wait and see how the vaccine works for their children before taking the vaccine, while 8% have decided that their children will not receive the COVID-19 vaccine and 6% have not yet decided what to do. .
Among Utah parents who have made up their mind not to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, most said they did not believe their main reason was the need for the vaccine, 46% said. Another 16% said they were worried about side effects, 11% did not believe in vaccines, 3% objected to religious reasons, and 24% had other causes.
The survey was conducted Oct. 14-21 by Dan Jones & Associates of 746 registered Utah voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.54 percentage points for the full sample. When asked only for parents who say they are not vaccinating their children, the margin of error is plus or minus 12.25 percentage points.
Dr. Kerr is the medical director of pediatric community-based care for Intermountain Healthcare. Neil Davis said he was not surprised by the results.
“When I talk to a parent, in a clinic, I feel that kind of squares with my experience,” Davis said. “I have a lot of families in my clinic who are very interested in getting their children vaccinated. So yeah. Then there are some people who watch that, and then some who don’t want to. Then we have a good conversation.”
A Murray-based pediatrician has raised two concerns parents often bring with the Covid-19 vaccine, because cases are mild in children and if they are heard about possible side effects, it is necessary.
Although children are usually not affected by the virus as adults, they are trying to make it clear that they can be seriously ill, he said.
“COVID does not affect children and adolescents as much as it affects adults, especially at-risk adults. And it is true that children can be significantly affected. It is important to protect them when we can. They are not mutually exclusive statements, ”Davis said.
Parents have been told that the vaccine is needed because “we have many children hospitalized with COVID in our state” and some suffer “really significant” after effects, including Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome or MIS-C and Chronic Symptoms. Known as long COVID.
Doctors said they would focus on building trust with parents by answering their questions about the vaccine.
“I think it’s really important to listen to people and help them feel respected,” Davis said. “Then I talk about their concerns and make sure I understand them. I present the data I know and then I tell them that I respect their point of view. We work together and always do what they want their child to do.
Many come, but it can take time, he said. Davis said if the vaccine is approved for the children, it is their hope that they can all be protected from the blows, but he wants “every parent to feel honored to care for their child.”
The Utah Department of Health said Tuesday that 109,000 pediatric doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been pre-ordered by the federal government and shipping should begin by the end of this week. But the department said the doses would not be given until federal regulators final approval next week.
The FDA Advisory Committee recommends that the Executive Director of the Agency Janet goes to Woodcock, whose decision is then reviewed by the CDC Advisory Committee, and, finally, by the Director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky. Valensky provides the ultimate guidance on vaccinating children.