Letter: Kids’ COVID vaccine

Published: 8/10/2022 7:03:18 AM
Modified: 8/10/2022 7:00:02 AM

Last week’s article about only 3.5% of NH children under 5 getting vaccinated surprised me. I have a 5-year-old grandson who got his first dose as soon it was available months ago. I just assumed all parents would rush to get their 6-month to 5-years-old vaccinated. Availability seems not to be the issue. I wasn’t surprised to learn from the article that we ranked 5/6 of the New England states. Vermont was at 10.3%, but they’e done better than us on all COVID issues. But even Vermont’s 10.3% (2nd best in the country) seemed low. If one looks at the CDC data for the whole U.S., the age of parents (18-49) fully vaccinated is over 60%.

Why aren’t these parents getting their kids vaccinated if they themselves got the vaccine? When the kid’s vaccines became available months ago, I put a bumper sticker on my car that said “You don’t have to vaccinate all your children, only the ones you want to keep.” I thought it was funny and got a few laughs from strangers in parking lots. I took it off when I read the article. It’s not funny anymore. If one looks at the death rates from COVID in vaccinated people now verses two years ago when we didn’t have vaccines, there’s a dramatic drop. Why would parents not want the same protection they have for their children? They do what to keep them, don’t they? I just don’t get it.

Nick Perencevich



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