Doctors Urge Parents to Look For Credible Sources When Deciding About COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids

Larissa Scott | ABC Action News | Mar 24, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of children across the U.S. are still not vaccinated against COVID-19, even if they’re eligible.

“Almost 12.8 million children have tested positive for COVID since the onset,” said Dr. Lisa Merritt, Executive Director of the Multicultural Health Institute.

Earlier this year, we saw the highest numbers of pediatric hospitalizations due to the omicron variant.

This is a continuing concern for doctors, should another variant arise.

“There’s still a very small percentage of children overall vaccinated. We’re concerned we’ll continue to see those numbers escalate and continue to see the pandemic circulate around in family groupings and community groupings,” said Merritt.

Health officials fear parents are making decisions about vaccinating their children with false information and are hesitant because of, especially the worry that the vaccine will cause severe side effects.

*Children under 5 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine (as of June 2022).