Why is vaccine uptake in kids 5-11 so low? Infectious disease expert Dr. Isaac Bogoch offers his take – CTV

Aug. 22, 2022

A lower likelihood of severe illness from COVID-19 and a desire for more data could be reasons why some parents have chosen not to get their children fully vaccinated, infectious disease expert Dr. Isaac Bogoch says.

Speaking to CTV’s Your Morning on Monday, Bogoch said one reason why parents may not be vaccinating their children with two doses could be that kids tend to not get as sick from COVID-19 as adults do.

“Of course, we know kids can still get sick and we’ve seen a rise in pediatric hospitalizations,” he said. “But compared to the older cohorts in general with COVID-19, they just don’t get as ill.”

Bogoch said children with underlying medical conditions are disproportionately hospitalized for COVID-19 and should get the vaccine because of that.

“And I think stepping back, as well, I think parents just want to do what’s best for their children,” he said.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/why-is-vaccine-uptake-in-kids-5-11-so-low-infectious-disease-expert-dr-isaac-bogoch-offers-his-take-1.6037291

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