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Study shows parents’ shifting viewpoints on vaccinating young children

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(The Center Square) – Even though a COVID-19 vaccine is available for children aged 5 to 11, some parents are hesitant to get their kids the shot.

The Food and Drug Administration authorization of a vaccine makes 28 million unvaccinated young children in the country suddenly eligible, with 1.1 million in Illinois. In announcing its authorization of a lower-dose shot made by Pfizer and BioNTech for the age group, the FDA said clinical trial data showed the shot was safe and prompted strong immune responses in children.

A new study by Nick VinZant at QuoteWizard reveals multiple reasons why some parents are saying no.

“The main reasons that we found nationwide and in Illinois are people are concerned about the side effects, they’re waiting to see if the vaccine is safe, they don’t believe that their child needs to get vaccinated, they don’t trust the government, or they simply don’t vaccinate their children period,” VinZant said.

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