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      <PublisherName>revista-medicina-scolara</PublisherName>
      <JournalTitle>The Journal of School and University Medicine</JournalTitle>
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      <Volume-Issue>Volume 8, Issue 2</Volume-Issue>
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      <IssueTopic>Multidisciplinary</IssueTopic>
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      <Season>april-june 2021</Season>
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        <Month>11</Month>
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      <ArticleTitle>FACTORS THAT CAN INFLUENCE IN ROMANIA THE PARENTS’ DECISION REGARDING THE ANTI COVID-19 VACCINATION OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS AGED 12-15</ArticleTitle>
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      <ArticleLanguage>English</ArticleLanguage>
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      <FirstPage>19</FirstPage>
      <LastPage>29</LastPage>
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        <Author>
          <FirstName>Petru</FirstName>
          <LastName>Sandu</LastName>
          <AuthorLanguage>English</AuthorLanguage>
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          <CorrespondingAuthor>N</CorrespondingAuthor>
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          <FirstName>Daniela</FirstName>
          <LastName>Rajka</LastName>
          <AuthorLanguage>English</AuthorLanguage>
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          <CorrespondingAuthor>Y</CorrespondingAuthor>
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          <FirstName>Ancuta</FirstName>
          <LastName>Pintea</LastName>
          <AuthorLanguage>English</AuthorLanguage>
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          <CorrespondingAuthor>Y</CorrespondingAuthor>
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          <FirstName>Kristina</FirstName>
          <LastName>Moldovan</LastName>
          <AuthorLanguage>English</AuthorLanguage>
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          <CorrespondingAuthor>Y</CorrespondingAuthor>
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          <FirstName>Sebastian</FirstName>
          <LastName>Pintea</LastName>
          <AuthorLanguage>English</AuthorLanguage>
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          <CorrespondingAuthor>Y</CorrespondingAuthor>
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          <FirstName>Tudor L</FirstName>
          <LastName>Pop</LastName>
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      <DOI>10.51546/JSUM.2021.8204</DOI>
      <Abstract>INTRODUCTION: Mass population vaccination remains one of the safest methods in the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic. Although children were less affected by the disease at the beginning of the epidemic, recent data show an increase in the number of infected children and of the severe forms they develop. Approval of the use of an anti-COVID-19 vaccine in minors aged 12 or more was an important step in limiting the infection.&#13;
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OBJECTIVES: The main objective of our study is to evaluate the intention of Romanian parents to vaccinate their children aged between 12 and 15 against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The information, attitudes, opinions and factors that may influence parents__ampersandsign#39; decision to accept or not the vaccination of their children against SARS-CoV-2 virus were also studied.&#13;
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METHODS: A questionnaire with predetermined / free answers was distributed online, between 20.05-09.06.2021, through school doctors from all development regions of Romania, to parents of children from grades Vth to VIIIth, aged 12-15. The platform used to administer the online questionnaire was Google Forms. The results were analyzed, and statistical correlations were established between the vaccination intention and demographic, socio-economic factors, vaccination status and family risk factors.&#13;
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RESULTS: Of the 3524 parents surveyed, 32.57% expressed their intention to vaccinate their children against COVID-19. The reasons why parents intend to vaccinate their children are represented in 92.5% of cases by the desire to protect their children against infection. In addition, the protection of a person at risk in the family is considered a good reason for vaccinating their children by 23.34% of parents, while 38% want to vaccinate their children also out of the desire to be able to travel without restrictions.&#13;
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The reasons why parents do not want to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 are: the fact that they do not consider the vaccination necessary for children (49.45%), the fear of side effects (46.75%) or because they do not trust vaccines (21.63%). The intention to vaccinate is significantly correlated with the older age of the parents, the high level of education, and the domicile in county seat cities. An important statistical correlation was found between the vaccinated status of the parents and the intention to vaccinate their children, as well as between this intention and the existence of a severe form of COVID-19 disease in the family and the presence of people at high risk of developing a severe form of illness in the family.&#13;
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CONCLUSIONS: Studies on the intention to vaccinate children aged 12-15 against COVID-19 are not very numerous worldwide, but our study identifies the same hesitations and reasons for parents__ampersandsign#39; acceptance / non-acceptance of vaccinating their children. Communicating the correct information is very important to increase the confidence and acceptability of the vaccine.</Abstract>
      <AbstractLanguage>English</AbstractLanguage>
      <Keywords>anti-COVID-19 vaccine, children aged 12-15, vaccination intention</Keywords>
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