Happy first day of summer. As early as today, parents will feel the pressure from their pediatricians to give the Covid vaccine(s) to their babies as young as 6 months old. Popsicles. Sandcastles. Swim lessons and high dive test jumps. But is there any water in the pool?
The US Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization on Friday for both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for young children. Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously on Saturday in support of giving babies and other kids as young as 6 months a Covid-19 vaccination.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on the plan, clearing the way for the vaccinations to be administered as early as next week.
Parents may be reluctant to actually get them when they become available, an April survey found. Just 18% of parents of children under 5 said they would vaccinate their child against Covid-19 as soon as a vaccine became available, according to an April Kaiser Family Foundation Vaccine Monitor survey.
Nearly 40% of those surveyed said they would "wait and see" before vaccinating their young children, 11% said they would get the vaccine for their kids only if required, and 27% said they would "definitely not" get the Covid-19 vaccination for their child.