COVID-19

Parents of young children most suspected of the vaccine

One study found that most Quebec parents were highly likely to vaccinate their teens and older children, even though confidence declined with the age of the child.

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The EnCORE study, conducted by Montreal researcher Kate Zinszer, reveals that in August 2021, 50% of parents of two to three-year-olds intended to vaccinate them, while nearly 80% of eight-year-olds to nine years they intended to vaccinate them. they are very likely to be vaccinated.

Finally, almost 90% of parents of children ages 14 to 18 intended to vaccinate their adolescent, if they had not already done so.

This study was conducted with children and adolescents aged two to 17 years, early childhood educators, and primary and secondary school teachers in Quebec.

It is one of seven studies conducted by the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (GTIC) that published its results this week. Experts paint a picture of the effects of the pandemic in the 2020-2021 school year across Canada. Consider both the burden of infection and its negative effects on mental health and social behavior, prior to the arrival of the delta variant.

Trends in Canada

The main findings show that immunity to infections remains low in Canadian children. That is why vaccination and mitigation measures such as the use of a mask, among others, continue to be essential.

In fact, most teachers agree on the importance of vaccination. This is also the case for most parents who intend to vaccinate their children as soon as possible.

So far, the risk of unusual manifestations after vaccination is low in people older than 12 years.

The results show that the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis after SARS-CoV-2 infection is higher in children and adolescents than that resulting from vaccination.

Finally, mitigation measures appear to have worked in the school setting. Although school personnel feared contracting COVID-19, few have contracted the virus at school.

The Royal Society of Canada and the COVID-19 Immunity Working Group have teamed up to host a free virtual conference at 2pm on Monday, October 4, 2021, accessible to all Canadians to share the latest information and consider next steps. .

To register for the virtual conference on October 4, simply visit the site:

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