Covid: What are the opinions of parents on immunization of their children?
Decision on whether to provide coronavirus vaccines to all 12-to-15-year-olds is expected within days – but what do parents think about it?
According to a source quoted by the BBC, the UK government believes there is a “strong case” for administering vaccinations to all healthy children over the age of 12.
On Friday, however, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) stated that it did not recommend this because the health benefits of vaccination were only marginal at best. They have now requested that the chief medical officers consider the ramifications of extending vaccinations to younger students in the long run.
Some parents have shared their thoughts on whether or not they believe their children should be vaccinated, as well as their reasons for doing so.
‘Where has all the science gone?’
In a statement, Sandra Carleton stated that she did not want her 12-year-old son Charlie to be given the vaccination.
“As he has only recently recovered from Covid, administering the vaccine to him is more likely to cause harm than to provide benefit,” she explained.
“He is fine following Covid, but I’m not so sure he would have been fine following the vaccine,” says the doctor.
“I wouldn’t have allowed him to have it in the first place. If they don’t consider 11-year-olds, why would they consider 12-year-olds? ‘My son has requested to be vaccinated.’
Tracey, who requested that we not use her full name because she is a teacher, explained that her 14-year-old son had requested that he be vaccinated and that she agreed with his decision.
Besides that, he’d like to keep wearing his mask to school, she added. “He wouldn’t even take it off while participating in sports last year, believing it was his way of protecting others.”
Our school has told us we will be returning to full school assemblies with hundreds of students, which we think is absurd. It just appears that we’ve grown tired of Covid’s antics.
Vaccination would be an effective way of not only reassuring and protecting pupils but also those in their immediate vicinity, given that there are very few mitigations in place to protect against the virus.”