The CDC’s recent approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5-11 is an important milestone in the fight against COVID-19. But the most important group’s approval of the vaccine still hangs in the balance: the parents. In order to convince them to vaccinate their children, parents need to have their concerns heard and addressed not by politicians, but by their trusted pediatricians.
The challenge is significant — parents have actually become more hesitant about vaccinating their children. A Kaiser Family Foundation’s (KFF) Vaccine Monitor poll found that the share of parents who would not get the vaccine for their child rose from 24 percent last month to 30 percent this month. Even more ominous, a new ABC News-Washington Post poll finds just 46% of parents are confident the vaccine is safe for 5- to 17-year-olds.