Survey seeks information on local parent opinions on COVID-19 vaccination

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Survey seeks information on local parent opinions on COVID-19 vaccination
A health care worker prepares COVID-19 vaccines during a clinic in Northborough in November of last year. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

REGION – Area health departments are seeking community feedback through a survey of parent attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccines for young children.

The survey is specifically aimed at parents of children under the age of five in Northborough, Southborough, Westborough and West Boylston.

As part of their work, officials also hope to identify challenges potentially facing families interested in getting their young children vaccinated, as noted in a Westborough Health Department message on social media on Wednesday.

“We hope to use the results to assess the community’s overall needs and develop educational materials that appropriately address parents’ concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines,” the health department continued.

The survey is organized through the Greater Boroughs Partnership for Health.

Funded by a Department of Public Health grant, the partnership pools efforts and resources in Northborough, Southborough, Westborough and West Boylston.

An inter-municipal agreement formalizing the collaboration was approved by town select boards last summer.

This survey, likewise, comes just over a month after the CDC recommended that all children between the ages of six months and five years get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Children under the age of five had previously been ineligible.

“Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken  another important step forward in our nation’s fight against COVID-19,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a press release announcing the move. We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can.”

Community members can access the Greater Boroughs Partnership survey online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3BvdufrI5pkYlsr0cklsZ9Q0KNwk1BPNrMATpmS55rJU1HQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3Eu3UHKiwoF3LjCXDkHpCwyEuxpaWgmNt2RjrSDE4HUiJENauM-4spkPw.

See information on how and where to get a COVID-19 vaccine online at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine.

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