COVID-19 vaccination: 49% of Israeli parents say they will bite teens – Survey

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The health ministry is expected to announce its decision next week, public health official Sharon Alroy-Preis told military radio. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this month that children as young as 12 can receive the vaccine.

Some 49% of the general public said they would bring their children to be vaccinated and 22% said they thought they would come, according to the Meuhedet survey.

However, this percentage was much lower in the Arab and Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) sectors, where only around 38% of those polled said they would bring their children to be vaccinated.

“They said they would rather wait until the other children are vaccinated first,” said Tamar Fishman-Magen, RN and member of Meuhedet’s nursing division.

Some 13% of parents in the general sector said they certainly did not intend to have their children immunized.

Why would parents choose not to vaccinate?

Some 72% of parents in the general sector, 86% in the Haredi sector and 17% in the Arab sector expressed concern that vaccination could harm their children’s health in the future. Most parents in the general sector said that seeing research on the safety of vaccines for children would help convince them to get their children vaccinated.

Among all sectors, the majority (66% to 77%) said they would consult their child’s pediatrician before immunizing.

The survey was conducted among 5,644 parents of children aged 12 to 16. Hebrew speakers received the survey digitally via SMS or email. Arabic speakers responded to a telephone survey.

Fishman-Magen said The Jerusalem Post that the health fund conducted the survey because a much lower percentage of people under the age of 20 requested vaccination when this option opened up to the public and they wanted to prepare for what could be if and when the Department of Health recommends vaccination of young adolescents.

So far, only 23.5% of eligible vaccinees under the age of 20 have received the vaccine, compared to 77.2% of those aged 20 to 29.

In 92% of the households surveyed, at least one parent had been vaccinated, which means that parents are more reluctant to vaccinate their children than themselves.

The investigation comes as the Department of Health held several meetings around immunization for young people, after a report last month showed that a small percentage of people who received the Pfizer vaccine had developed inflammation of the heart, known to be scientifically under the name of myocarditis. Health officials are trying to determine if there was a link between inflammation and inoculation.

The disease often goes away without complications and has not been shown to be directly caused by the vaccine, as these health officials have not ruled out vaccinating children 12 to 15 years old.

Fishman-Magen told the Post that health funds plan to start vaccinating in about two weeks, but if the health department gives the green light sooner, they are ready to start.

She confirmed reports that the health ministry was considering a recommendation to inoculate these young people with a single dose of the vaccine, but said that to her knowledge, if approved, they should receive two doses at 21 days of age. interval, like adults.

Dr Yoav Yehezkelli of the Department of Emergency and Disaster Management at Tel Aviv University’s School of Public Health told the Post he believes children need to be vaccinated now because they tend to contract cases. mild virus and infection rate. in Israel is extremely low.

“We need to use these new vaccines carefully on young people,” Yehezkelli said.

On May 27, the Department of Health reported that only 14 new cases had been diagnosed the day before.

“As it stands, it is true that we have very few children or even new cases of COVID-19, and in this sense, this raises the question of whether it is necessary to vaccinate” said Fishman-Magen. “However, since we already know that the COVID-19 virus knows how to mutate and create different variants of the original strain, and if it mutates enough it could cause more serious illness, I would like to see so many people – including children – vaccinated against the virus. “

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