About this Research Topic
Among the various challenges and barriers encountered by the healthcare system to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination of the adolescent and pediatric population is an emerging issue which is required to be solved in order to achieve success against the pandemic. According to an estimate, herd immunity can only be achieved once at least 70% population either recover from COVID-19 or receive the vaccine. Since children and adolescents comprise a large proportion of the population in each country, the achievement of herd immunity is not possible unless this population is either infected or vaccinated. Achievement of herd immunity through infection is not possible as a large number of infections in this population could lead to serious complications and thousands of deaths. The health care system could quickly become overwhelmed. In this context, vaccination of this population is the one and only mitigation strategy to curb the ongoing pandemic. However, vaccination of children primarily relies on the parents' perception and acceptance of vaccines for their children. There is a dire need to evaluate the parents` response to the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for the pediatric and adolescent populations. Moreover, data on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in this population is also currently lacking.
This Research Topic will primarily focus the effectiveness, safety and challenges of pediatric and adolescent vaccination campaigns against COVID-19. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
1. Studies ascertaining the motivators and barriers of childhood vaccination among parents
2. Studies evaluating the barriers and motivators of COVID-19 vaccine among children
3. Studies estimating the administrative challenges and policy-related issues for continuous vaccination campaign against COVID-19
4. Studies determining the extent of parental acceptance towards COVID-19 vaccines for their children
5. Studies reporting on / comparing safety and efficacy data on the primary vaccination course and the booster dose
6. Studies reporting on safety and efficacy data on pediatric and adolescent COVID-19 vaccines
7. Challenges faced by vaccination programs in middle- and lower-income countries
8. Studies estimating the global vaccine equity in terms of childhood vaccination
9. Studies evaluating the association of conspiracy theories with vaccine hesitancy
10. Studies assessing the impact of community pharmacists and public health professionals on vaccination uptake
11. Research evaluating religious and social factors hindering vaccination rate in the various community
12. Systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses on vaccine safety and efficacy.
Keywords: childhood, children, vaccination, COVID-19
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