Two-thirds of Toronto parents ‘certain or somewhat likely’ to get young kids vaccinated against COVID-19, survey says
This is what Toronto parents think of the best ways to protect their kids against the novel coronavirus. (The Star)
Nearly two out of every three Toronto parents says they’ll get their children a coronavirus vaccine during the next pandemic, and about a third will get their kids vaccinated while they still have time.
Two-thirds of Toronto parents say they are “somewhat likely” or “certain” they will get their children a vaccine against COVID-19, a new survey shows.
The survey of 1,000 parents was conducted by the Toronto Public Health on April 28.
The online survey found that about a third of parents will vaccinate their kids against the potentially deadly virus during the next pandemic. But while about half of parents said they would vaccinate their kids against influenza or the seasonal flu, only 15 per cent said they would vaccinate against the novel coronavirus.
Dr. Theresa Axtman with Toronto Public Health said children of all ages should get the influenza vaccine, but that most children have the flu.
Axtman said the survey found that parents are “overwhelmingly” in support of vaccinating children against influenza, with 93 per cent of parents having children under six covered by the vaccine, and 80 per cent of parents with children aged six months to five years having children fully vaccinated.
Axtman said parents with children aged six months to five years are the most likely to get influenza vaccine to protect against the coronavirus.
Dr. Theresa Axtman with Toronto Public Health said she was “overwhelmed” with the survey results. (Courtesy of Toronto Public Health)
More than half of parents surveyed said they would vaccinate their five-year-olds against influenza, according to the survey.
For those aged six months