Vaccination safety is the top concern of parents in Ireland who do not intend to give their babies the Covid-19 vaccine, according to a new study.
The cross-sectional study of parents of children under four found more than half said they would allow the vaccine.
However, more than 28 per cent said they would not vaccinate their children against Covid if the vaccine were available. The remaining 20 percent said they were not sure.
That means nearly half are either against or unsure about giving their young children the vaccine.
Among those who said they had no intention of doing so, concerns about safety risks and potential side effects were the top reason (45.6 percent).
The HSE and Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC) study, published in the journal Vaccination, found that the belief that Covid-19 is a serious illness is linked to parents’ intention to get vaccinated.
“Of those who do not intend to vaccinate, the safety of the vaccine is the primary concern,” the authors said.
The study found that information and communication about vaccines should focus on vaccine safety in children.
Vaccines are currently available for children as young as five years old, and nationwide uptake for the five to eleven year old age group is 24.2 percent.
New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that vaccine uptake rates in this age cohort vary widely across the country, as low as 4 percent in some local constituencies but as high as 54 percent in others.
It is lowest at 4 per cent in Buncrana in Donegal and highest in Stillorgan, Dublin at 54 per cent.
Others with a higher absorption rate are Blackrock (49 percent), Glencullen-Sandyford (48 percent), Dún Laoghaire (45 percent) and Clontarf (43 percent), all in Dublin.
Areas with similarly low land take as Buncrana are Belmullet, Co Mayo (7pc), Monaghan (8pc) and Ballymahon, Co Longford (13pc).
Uptake of the first Covid-19 booster shots ranges from 36 per cent to 74 per cent across the country – with the highest levels in Rathfarnham-Templeogue, Blackrock and Dundrum in Dublin, according to new CSO figures.
They also show that the highest rate of workers not fully vaccinated, at 22 percent, was among workers in the accommodation and hospitality sectors – two areas where there are interactions with the public.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/safety-fears-key-reason-parents-dont-give-young-children-covid-vaccine-41963714.html Safety fears are the main reason parents are not giving young children a Covid vaccine