Two-thirds of Toronto parents ‘certain or somewhat likely’ to get young kids vaccinated against COVID-19, survey says
Tens of thousands of Toronto parents surveyed for a coronavirus vaccine trial are “not entirely sold” on giving their child a shot for the coronavirus, according to an email survey of parents conducted last week.
A majority of parents who answered the survey for the government-funded “Shelter in Place: COVID Vaccines in Toronto” trial said they “certainly would” get their young children on an experimental COVID-19 vaccine — but not all or even most parents did.
Seventy-nine parents (1.8 per cent) said they are willing to give their child a shot for the pandemic, the largest response rate of any group surveyed.
But it’s not the most common response, and not everyone who was willing to give it said they were completely sold on it.
Fifty-six parents got the “meh” response, and just two said they definitely will.
“I would definitely get a vaccine for my child if it was the right opportunity,” said Sharon McInnis of Parkdale. “But I’m not a doctor, I don’t know enough about vaccines to know if it’s the right choice for my child.”
But with so many people wanting to help find a vaccine, McInnis added that not all parents “will jump at the chance” to give their children a shot.
“If I had my own child I would want to be an advocate for more research and to make sure we’re not going in a direction that doesn’t allow vaccines to be tested properly,” she added.
Twenty-nine parents were not sure, while just six said they definitely would not get the vaccine.
“I don’t know if I’m too old for a vaccine, or if I don’t want to give my child a shot,” said Maria Alberino of Davenport.
“But until a vaccine for COVID-19 is discovered, we need to have it as a contingency