The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has been available since May 10 for young people aged 12 to 17, while the Moderna vaccine has just passed conclusive tests for this age group. But the American authorities are struggling to approach these 25 million teenagers.
In the United States, to be vaccinated , a minor needs parental permission. And parents have mixed opinions. Those who refuse to do so do so in opposition to vaccines in general or because of doubts about the dangerousness of Covid-19 for young people.
Thus, today, only a third of parents plan to have their child vaccinated as soon as possible. But a quarter of parents are sure not to vaccinate their child. And only around 15% will take the plunge if the school asks for it. The others still prefer to wait.
It must be said that according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only one in six children is at risk of being hospitalized because of Covid-19 and the risk of dying from it is for them ten times lower than in 18-29 year olds. Hence the parents’ doubt.
Partnerships with schools
In San Francisco, Philadelphia and Arizona, minors can be vaccinated even if parents object. In eight other states, it is on a case-by-case basis depending on the minor’s age and maturity.
But to convince them and make vaccination even easier, pharmacies like those of WalMart are launching partnerships with schools to vaccinate in their enclosure.