Ontario mom Alyssa Beauchamp won’t be in a rush to treat her five-year-old son when the COVID-19 vaccines are approved and made available for young children in Canada.
The 22-year-old mother of three from Hamilton, Ontario, who has fully vaccinated herself, is concerned about how her oldest child will react to the vaccine.
“I’d probably prefer to wait a bit to see how the other kids react before I put in my baby,” she said.
“My kids are fully vaccinated from everything else. They’re up to date on their shots. It just bothers me a little bit,” she told Granthshala News.
Toronto resident Oksana Laurinavisin, a lactation consultant, is in a similar situation. While her husband is “200 percent” in favor of getting their two children, ages 9 and 11, vaccinated, lorinavicine is concerned about any potential side effects.
As part of its testing, Pfizer and BioNTech said the data showed that their COVID-19 shot elicited a stronger immune response in 2,268 children aged five to 11 years than previously seen in children aged 16 to 25.
Bill Gruber, senior vice president at Pfizer, told the Associated Press that even children’s supplements have been shown to be safe, with similar or less temporary side effects — such as sore throat, fever or pain — teens experience.
Despite her concerns, she says she will go ahead with vaccinating her children so they can stay in school and participate in extra-curricular activities.
“If they want to sing in the choir, take piano lessons or go to the swimming pool, they have to have it,” said the 42-year-old.
The issue of vaccinating children against COVID-19 has become a polarizing issue for parents in Canada.
according to a new Angus Reed survey, published on Monday Half of Canadian parents are ready to vaccinate their children ages five-11 as soon as the shots are approved, but 23 percent say they won’t. Nearly one in five said they would eventually vaccinate their children but would wait a while at first, while nine percent were not sure.
The survey comes as Pfizer officially requested Health Canada to authorize shots for children aged five to 11 after submitting clinical trial data earlier this month.
In Canada, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is already approved and is being rolled out to teens 12 years of age and older.
According to data from Pfizer’s Phase 3 trials conducted in adults, which included more than 2,000 participants aged 12 to 15, the vaccine’s safety profile in adolescents was similar to that of older people.
A peer-reviewed study published in the New England Journal of Medicine On July 15 it was found that the safety profile of the Pfizer vaccine in recipients 12 to 15 years was favorable, produced a greater immune response than younger adults, and was highly effective against COVID-19.
The debate about COVID-19 vaccines has already divided Canada’s vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, polling shows.
Shachi Kurl, president of Angus Reed, said, “Canadian parents are really … how they feel about vaccinating themselves, especially at the start of the pandemic, when vaccines were just coming online, is quite were not available.”
Canadian mother Lily Kostur, aged 30, said she is “very scared” of injecting her two boys, aged seven and three, with the COVID-19 vaccine, adding that it is “still experimental.”
“We should all have a choice and hopefully make the best decision for our children,” said Kostur, who lives in Mississauga.
Health Canada says it will give the green light to Pfizer’s pediatric shots only after a thorough review of the data to ensure that the benefits outweigh any potential risks to the younger age group.
Meanwhile, the matter of vaccination of children has been taken to the court by the parents.
Earlier this month, a Ontario Superior Court judge settles a dispute Different parents on whether their three teenage children should be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The mother alleged that the father had personally refused to attend school to two of the three children living with him.
The father argued that the children wanted to go to school in person but get the COVID-19 vaccination earlier and they were unable to do so as the mother refused to give them her health card or other identification.
Following public health directives, Justice Charney made an order on October 1 that the vaccine should be made available to children who expressed a desire to receive it.
in Ontario, under health care consent actThere is no minimum age for the ability to make medical treatment decisions.
However, it varies among provinces. In Quebec, the age of consent for health care is 14 years and older. in British Columbia, You are at least 19 years old. should be To make health decisions.
Kevin Kasperz, a senior associate at Schulman & Partners LLP, said this latest decision sets an example for other parents not to speak up when it comes to COVID-19 jabs for their children.
“If the judge or court determines that it is in their best interest to vaccinate children, the decision is going to be that way,” he said.