COVID States Project: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey Report #81: Child Vaccination Rate   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Document: "It has been approximately 9 months since the FDA authorized youth ages 12 to 17 [hyperlink] to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] vaccine, and 3 months since authorization for kids ages 5 to 11 [hyperlink]. After each authorization, vaccination rates initially surged among those age groups. Now that more time has elapsed - along with the spike in cases due to the Omicron variant - how have vaccination rates fared among minors, and how have parents' likelihood of vaccinating their kids changed? Understanding these trends may also allow predictions about vaccination uptake among younger children, now that Pfizer has asked the FDA to approve the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 [hyperlink]. [...] For youth ages 12-18, the COVID-19 vaccination rate has barely moved upward over the last four months (Figure 1). In September 2021, 54% of parents said their child in this age group had gotten at least one vaccine, compared to 55% in November 2021 and 57% in January 2022. Greater increases occurred for kids ages 5-11 in the past two months: 27% of parents reported their child in this age group getting at least one vaccine, versus 36% in January 2022. Overall, the vaccination rate among kids ages 5-11 remains lower than the rate among youth ages 12-18--not surprising, given that kids ages 5-11 could only start getting vaccinated in early November 2021--but the gap between these age groups is closing. In both groups, a substantial number of individuals remain unvaccinated against COVID-19."

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The COVID States Project Report No. 81
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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