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May 14, 2021

Plans to Vaccinate Children for COVID-19 a Survey of US Parents



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  • [Pre-print, not peer-reviewed] A national online survey of US parents (N=2,074) conducted in March 2021 found that 49% planned to vaccinate their children for COVID-19 when available, while 26% of respondents said they would “definitely not” vaccinate their children. The most common concerns cited about vaccines were safety, effectiveness, and a perceived lack of need. Female parents, parents with lower educational attainment, and parents with lower income were less likely to report willingness to vaccinate their children. Additionally, respondents who had not been vaccinated and expressed personal vaccine hesitancy were significantly less likely to plan to vaccinate their children. The authors note that the proportion of respondents who had already been vaccinated or planned to be vaccinated was somewhat lower (50%) than among the general population, which may have influenced the study results and could suggest that increasing adult vaccination could increase vaccination uptake among children.

Teasdale et al. (May 13, 2021). Plans to Vaccinate Children for COVID-19 a Survey of US Parents. Pre-print downloaded May 14 from