Fiocruz wants to know what makes parents reject their children’s vaccination

The study proves necessary to combat conspiratorial and unscientific views that compromise collective immunization and the overcoming of the pandemic. Fiocruz believes that Brazilian results should be better than those observed in other countries.

By writing, with Brazil in fact – from Rio de Janeiro

The National Institute of Women’s, Child and Adolescent Health at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) conducts the VacinaKids study. The idea is to understand and diagnose the denial of parents who reject their children’s vaccination against the new coronavirus. The research will be carried out until the 30th of January of the next year. “The study seeks to assess the intention of parents or guardians of children and adolescents to vaccinate them for the prevention of covid-19, understanding the positioning and motivations that permeate this decision-making”, says the entity.

“Vaccine hesitation increased among parents of children and adolescents when comparing the periods from March to May 2020 with December to March 2021”

The study proves necessary to combat conspiratorial and unscientific views that compromise collective immunization and the overcoming of the pandemic. Fiocruz believes that Brazilian results should be better than those observed in other countries. A survey presented by the coordinator of VacinaKids, Daniella Moore, shows that in the United States, Israel and Canada, the intention of parents to vaccinate their children is only 59.7%. “Disturbing data, since, despite the persistence of the pandemic, hesitation to vaccinate has increased among parents of children and adolescents when comparing the periods between March to May 2020 and December to March 2021”, says the researcher.

Adherence to vaccination

In Brazil, a similar study, which observed the intention to vaccinate among adults, showed much better results. Of the entire sample collected by the Trend survey, 89.5% of Brazilians said they would be vaccinated. Data confirmed today by the reality of the Brazilian vaccine scale. Even with delays in the purchase of vaccines by the Jair Bolsonaro government, the country reached high levels of immunization. More than 80% of the population has already taken the first dose.

– Understanding whether this positive data is also observed when vaccination involves children and adolescents is essential for developing strategies that increase adherence and contribute to achieving collective immunity and, in this way, overcoming the pandemic – says Daniela. In São Paulo, for example, the adherence of teenagers to vaccines against covid-19 surpassed the 95% mark.

Daniella comments that the challenges posed by the pandemic are urgent. Anti-vaccine positions, such as Bolsonaro’s, compromise collective health. “An unprecedented situation leading to loss of life, overload of health services, mental health shocks, school closings, social and financial crisis. For a disease as serious as covid-19, which has already led to more than 611,000 deaths in Brazil, vaccination appears as an opportunity to contain the virus and bring the long-awaited herd immunity”, he explains.