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.