COVID States Project: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey Report #68: Heightened Parental Concerns About COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the Document: "In early October 2021, Pfizer and BioNTech asked [hyperlink] the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize their COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. The success of vaccinating children is, however, still contingent upon whether parents feel their children should get the COVID-19 vaccine. Before the pandemic, vaccine hesitancy among parents was prevalent in certain pockets of the US. Parental vaccine hesitancy [hyperlink] led to decreased inoculation rates among children for immunizations such as the MMR [measles, mumps, and rubella] vaccine. This subsequently led to outbreaks [hyperlink] of previously-eradicated diseases - like the measles - among children in states [hyperlink] such as Washington and New York in 2018, and Minnesota in 2017. With the COVID-19 vaccine, parental vaccine hesitancy could similarly lead to higher levels of COVID-19 cases among minors, while also transmitting the disease to other populations. Investigating parental vaccine concerns is important in understanding and addressing parental vaccine hesitancy surrounding COVID-19. For this reason, in June 2021 [hyperlink] we asked parents across the country about various concerns regarding childhood COVID-19 vaccination. We isolated their top five concerns: how new the vaccine is, whether the vaccine has been tested enough, whether the vaccine actually works, immediate side effects of the vaccine, and long-term side effects of the vaccine. We asked parents about these concerns again in September 2021 to detect shifts over time. Across the board, we find that the proportion of parents who felt these five items were major concerns increased substantially."

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The COVID States Project Report No. 68
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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