More than a month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended COVID-19 vaccines for very young children, only a small percentage have actually received the vaccine, according to federal data.
And the vaccination rate differs from state to state. In Arkansas, 3,378 young children, or about 1.8 percent, received the COVID-19 vaccine, whereas 11 percent of young children in Massachusetts got received the vaccine, according to data from the two respective states as cited by The Wall Street Journal.
SurveyIn late July, a poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) revealed that 43 percent of parents of the younger-than-5 group would "definitely not" have their children get the vaccine, 13 percent said they would get it "only if required," 27 percent said they would "wait and see," and 10 percent said they would "get them vaccinated right away." Seven percent said their child is already vaccinated.
"When asked in their own words for the main reason why they will not vaccinate their eligible child under 5 ... parents cite concerns about the newness of the vaccine and not enough testing or research, concerns over side effects, and worries over the overall safety of the vaccines," the KFF said of its poll, which was released on July 26. "Additionally, about one in ten parents say they do not think their child needs the vaccine or say they are not worried about COVID-19."
A majority of parents of young children, 55 percent, say that information from federal agencies about COVID-19 vaccines "is confusing."
"Though most parents of unvaccinated young children say they have enough information about where their child can be vaccinated for COVID-19, about four in ten parents say they do not have enough information on where their child can get the vaccine," according to the pollster.
CDC officials didn't respond to a request for comment on the latest vaccination figures.