COVID-19 vaccination mandates are not popular with parents of school-aged children, but masks for unvaccinated students and teachers are. More on a new KFF survey.
Most parents of COVID-19 vaccine-eligible children (aged 12 to 17 years) do not want schools to require vaccination as a condition of returning to in-person classroom participation, according to results of the most recent Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report. Most parents do, however, support requiring masks for unvaccinated students and staff.
Parents' top concerns around vaccination for youth aged 12 to 17 years center on fear of long-term and serious side effects including potential impact on fertility. Among concerns specific to Black and Hispanic parents are being able to get paid time off from work to take a child for vaccination and being able to get the vaccine from a trusted place. Other issues of access and cost persist as well among minorities.
In the slides that follow we highlight findings on parental attitudes and perceptions that may help clinicians in primary care continue to dispel fears and myths and to offer reassurance.
(Note: COVID-19 is abbreviated as C19 throughout the slide show.)
The majority of parents surveyed do not want vaccination required for children to attend in-person classes.
A narrow majority of parents maintain that schools should not require COVID-19 vaccination even if the FDA grants full approval for school-aged children to receive them.
A majority of parents are far more supportive of a requirement by schools for unvaccinated students and teachers to wear masks.
Parents who received information from a child's school on the importance of vaccination or on how to get a child vaccinated were found 2 times more likely to say their child had received the vaccine.
Among parents of children aged 12-17 who are eligible to receive a C19 vaccine, 41% say the child has been vaccinated (up from 34%in June) or will be right away (6%); 20% say their child will definitely not be vaccinated.
Like parent, like child. Parents’ vaccination intentions for children largely correlate with their own vaccination status.
Approximately one-quarter of parents of children aged 5-11 years say they will vaccinate their child "right away" when they become eligible; about one-fifth will do so for children age <5 years.
Parent's primary concern regarding COVID-19 vaccination for children is the lack of information on long-term effects and the fear of serious side effects.
Access to vaccines and cost issues persist, particularly among racial and ethnic minority parents who are less likely to be assured pay for time taken from work to have a child vaccinated and are far more concerned than White parents about finding a trustworthy source.
One-quarter of working parents say they would be more likely to get their child vaccinated if their employer gave them paid time off.
Previous Kaiser Family Foundation Vaccine Monitor research reports:
July 14th 2021
May 5th 2021
December 17th 2020