DENVER (KDVR) – There is an effort underway not only from Public Health Officials, but also from educators, to get more Colorado children immunized against COVID-19.
The plea is especially directed to one group: vigilant parents who are still inside the fence.
According to local doctors, we are at a critical point in a pandemic that can be quickly turned around if more parents get their children vaccinated; specifically children from 5 to 11 years old.
The latest data from CDPHE shows that among children ages 5 to 11 in Colorado, 37% have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with only 28.6% fully vaccinated.
These numbers are lower than what experts had hoped for at this point in the pandemic.
State teachers and administrators have been pushing to provide vigilant parents with factual information about the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on children.
“Mostly teachers are worried because they know children mostly need to be in the classroom. But they also know that if most of the kids in the classroom aren’t immunized, there will be kids who get sick with COVID and make their classmates sick and they’ll have to go back to online learning. And that is the real concern of teachers, principals and parents. So if you’re really worried about not going back to online learning – get your kids vaccinated. It’s the most effective tool we have to prevent that,” explains Rocky Mountain Children’s Hospital Medical Director, Dr. Reginald Washington.
According to Washington, Colorado’s large number of unvaccinated 5- to 11-year-olds have resulted in adults – including more susceptible older Coloradoans – becoming infected, which in turn have to deal with face more dire circumstances.
Experts say it’s not just misinformation that has parents on guard, but there are other variables at play.
Data from analysts at QuoteWizard who surveyed parents hesitant about vaccines in Colorado found the following:
- 50% concerned about side effects
- 35% say they are not sure if their child needs a vaccine
- 21% are waiting to see if the vaccine is safe
- 8% do not believe in vaccines at all
To help provide misinformed parents with accurate information about the effects of vaccines on children, the American Academy of Pediatrics has assembled this information.
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