NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – As the Pfizer vaccine becomes available to children aged 5 to 11 in New Mexico, a national survey shows parents are divided over whether or not to get the vaccine and why. According to Kaiser Family Foundation vaccine study, 27% of parents of children aged 5 to 11 will have their child immunized immediately.
“I know they can still get sick but they may not get so sick and that’s what reassures me is that they stay out of the hospital or get very sick where I am. have to leave them and not be able to be with them, ”said mother Michelle Dodge.
The results also show that 33% of parents are waiting to know whether or not vaccines are effective for children. While 30% of parents say they will not receive the vaccine for their children at all, citing health concerns such as potential side effects or even possible effects on their child’s future fertility.
“For me it’s just weighing the risks and I don’t think there is a perfect solution for anyone. I wish I could believe in a magic pill to take, but as a mom, I realized that our bodies are all different. My kids have reacted differently to all the different things and I have to be very thoughtful and careful and know that any choice I make has consequences anyway, ”said another parent, Natalie Dressman.
The survey also indicates that only five percent of parents will only receive the vaccine if schools require it. Some parents in Albuquerque say they are ready to fight back and ask for a religious exemption from the vaccine if they become a requirement.
However, some say they are ready to change their decision as more research is done on vaccines. According to the New Mexico Department of Health, side effects in children five to 11 years old are milder than those in older children.
Currently, high school students in New Mexico are not required to be vaccinated. The NMDOH says pediatric shipments from Pfizer are arriving in three waves between Nov. 1 and Nov. 10, and some vendors have yet to receive shipments. They say that as a result, appointments for children aged 5 to 11 may not yet be available.