In some comforting news, it seems like many Americans still have a little bit of common sense, at least when it comes to their young kids.
Yep. Parents, realizing that Covid poses essentially no risk for little children, are eschewing the jab for kids under five, even though the public health establishment is still pushing hard for the vaccines.
Most parents of young children do not plan to get them vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Tuesday.
More than 40 percent of parents of children under 5 said they will "definitely not" vaccinate their kids, compared to about 10 percent who said they want to get their kids vaccinated as soon as possible, according to Kaiser's latest survey. Only seven percent said they already have gotten their kids vaccinated.
Forty percent are already saying that under no circumstances will they give their children the experimental drug. Only 1-in-10 parents say they definitely want to subject their children to this large-scale medical experiment.
About a quarter of all parents surveyed said they want to "wait and see" how the vaccine works in other young children, while 13 percent said they would only get their child vaccinated if it were required for school or child care.
It is discouraging to see that if a school system, like LA or New York, requires the jab some parents will give in to the demand.
The hesitation isn't just coming from people who are unvaccinated. Even among parents who are vaccinated, about one in four said they will "definitely not" get their young child their shots, according to the poll.
At least some people have the wisdom to see that Covid is simply more dangerous the older you get. If an adult wants to get the shot, that's on them. No big deal.
But even the people who chose to get the shot themselves still don't think it makes any sense to give it to little kids.
The Food and Drug Administration authorized shots for kids ages 5 and younger in June, more than a year and a half after the shots were first authorized for adults. There are about 18 million kids eligible.
The findings emphasize the difficulty health officials face in convincing parents to get their young children vaccinated.
The FDA has authorized these drugs and they started manufacturing them based on the idea that they could push these on kids the same way they did on older folks.
But it's not going to work that way. Parents are going to be more cautious about their kids than they are about themselves.
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