COVID States Project: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey Report #45: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Resistance Among Parents   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Document: "Are parents more skeptical of coronavirus vaccines than other adults? A 2017 study [hyperlink] by the Pew Research Center found that parents--especially those with younger children--are generally more vaccine hesitant than non-parents. Moreover, in recent years, increasing numbers of parents have either delayed or forgone entirely [hyperlink] having their children vaccinated against preventable diseases. The question thus arises as to whether this pattern applies to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] vaccine. In a December 2020 report [hyperlink], we found that substantial majorities of parents supported prohibiting in-person teaching in K-12 [kindergarten through twelfth grade] schools, and requiring that children be vaccinated before returning to in-person classes. But does this translate into an intention among parents to vaccinate themselves? In a subsequent report [hyperlink] (February 2021), we found stark divides in vaccine hesitancy by education, race, income, party, and other demographic factors. This raises the question of whether parents from all backgrounds are more skeptical than non-parents, or if vaccine skepticism among parents varies with party, race, or economic class. To address these questions, this report compares rates of vaccine hesitancy and resistance among respondents with or without children under age 18."

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The COVID States Project Report No. 45
Northeastern University; Harvard Medical School; Rutgers University; Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy; Northwestern University. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]
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