Fewer than 1 in 5 US parents say they will get Covid-19 vaccines for children under 5 as soon as they can, the study shows
Fewer than 1 in 5 US parents say they will get Covid-19 vaccines for children under 5 as soon as they can, the study shows

Fewer than 1 in 5 US parents say they will get Covid-19 vaccines for children under 5 as soon as they can, the study shows

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Vaccine monitor studypublished Wednesday, only 18% of parents of children under 5 said they would vaccinate their child against Covid-19 as soon as a vaccine was available.

Nearly 40% of parents of young children said they would “wait and see” before vaccinating their child, 11% said they would only get the vaccine if needed, and 27% said they “definitely would not “vaccinate their child against Covid-19.

More than half of the parents in this age group said they “do not have enough information about the safety and efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines for children in this age group,” compared to 34% of parents of children aged 5- 11 and 25 years. % of parents of children aged 12-17. About 13% of parents of young children said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s delay in approving a vaccine in this age group made them less confident about its safety, and 22% said it made them more confident.

There were similar findings among parents of older children. For the age group of 5 to 11 years, 39% of the parents said that their children had been vaccinated and 32% said that their children would definitely not be vaccinated. Among parents of children aged 12 to 17, 56% said their children had been vaccinated and 31% said they certainly did not want their children vaccinated.

A majority of the parents who participated in the survey also said they felt their child was at least somewhat safe from Covid-19 while in school, but responses varied by race.

More than 80% of the parents surveyed said that their child was very or a little safe in school. But only one-third of black or Hispanic parents said they felt their child was very safe, compared to 52% of white parents.

The study found a “major shift” in school mask requirements, with the percentage of parents who said their child was required to wear a mask at school falling from 69% in September to 16% in April.

“Parents who are black or Hispanic are more than twice as likely as white parents to say that their child usually wears a mask (70% vs. 26%) and five times as likely to say that most other students at their child’s school wearing mask (9% vs. 47%), “the report authors wrote.

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