By Elizabeth Elizalde // SWNS
More than half of parents whose children are too young receive a COVID-19 vaccine feel “disappointed” by recent delays in vaccine testing, according to a new poll.
The OnePoll survey of 1,000 parents found that 53% of those with children 4 and younger are unhappy about the lack of COVID-19 vaccines for their little ones.
However, 56% remain hopeful that the vaccine will be rolled out for kids under 5 this year.
Six in 10 agreed that having access to a child-safe vaccine will bring them peace of mind.
In February, Pfizer-BioNTech postponed its vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years of age to continue gathering more trial data, leaving many families in limbo for the foreseeable future.
But on Sunday, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla went on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” saying he hopes to have that data next month and the vaccine could be available for young kids in May.
And Moderna said it expects to have vaccine data for kids 2 through 5 in March.
The study also polled parents of children ages 5 to 18, finding that 60% have already fully vaccinated their older offspring against the virus.
Of those, 82% reported feeling relief after their child received their shots.
Despite that, 85% shared that their families are still taking further precautions, such as washing their hands regularly, wearing masks and social distancing.
Meanwhile, the data suggests that 21% of eligible children haven’t yet gotten their shots.
Only 13% of parents said they don’t plan on vaccinating their kids at all, while 8% would do so in the future.