A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that despite Pfizer’s studies showing that the COVID injections are safe for children ages 5-11, many parents’ views have not changed.
A new study from the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) provides insight into who makes the remaining redundancy pay to get a COVID-19 vaccine, where parents are when it comes to deciding whether to vaccinate children and whether people are planning to attend holiday gatherings this year.
Since December last year, KFF has been conducting a COVID-19 vaccine monitor, which it says is an ongoing project to track people’s “attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations”. Here are some of the findings from the October 2021 report.
“Pfizer’s announcement in September that their COVID-19 vaccine was shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials for children ages five to 11 appears to have had little impact on parents’ intentions to vaccinate their children in that age group. KFF reported.
Parents are somewhat evenly split on whether they will have their children aged 5-11 vaccinated: 27% say they will “immediately”; 33% say they are “waiting”; 30% say “certainly not”; and 5% say they will only do so when necessary.
Some of the top things parents say they are “very” or “somewhat concerned” about vaccinating their children are:
- Not enough known about long-term effects (76%)
- Serious side effects of the vaccine (71%)
- Impact on fertility in the future (66%).
Fifty-one percent of parents in households earning less than $50,000 said they were “very” or “somewhat” concerned that they would have to take time off work to get their child vaccinated or that the child would experience side effects. For households with incomes over $50,000, that number dropped to 23%. In addition, 45% of lower-income parents said they were concerned about the out-of-pocket cost of the vaccine, compared to 11% of higher-income parents.
For children ages 12-17, 50% of parents say the child has already been vaccinated or they are going to get the vaccine “immediately.” Eleven percent say “wait and see” and 36% say “only if necessary” or “definitely not”.
Who will and will not get the vaccine?
Twenty percent of adults said they won’t get the vaccine or will only get it when needed, according to the survey. Nearly three quarters of adults have received the vaccine. The rest said “as soon as possible” or they will “wait and see”.
The three demographics KFF found in which the most people said they “definitely won’t get the vaccine” were rural residents (33%), Republicans (31%), and white Evangelical Christians (25%). The demographics with the most responses “already received at least one dose” were Democrats (90%), over-65s (86%) and college graduates (83%).
When it comes to boosters, 53% of vaccinated adults say they will get it, while 24% say they are likely to get it. About one in five probably or certainly won’t.
Clear partisan divisions in unvaccinated
The majority (59%) of Republican and Republican people say they have received at least one dose of the vaccine. But KFF found that Republicans still make up a disproportionate number of those not getting vaccinated — a number that has been steadily increasing. In addition, nearly four in 10 Republicans say they probably or certainly won’t get a booster.
It’s something the foundation said will hinder vaccine efforts going forward.
“With most vaccinated Republicans saying they’re not worried about getting sick and 38% of fully vaccinated Republicans saying they don’t plan to get a booster shot when they qualify, it seems It is likely that bias will continue to play a role in vaccine rollout thereafter.” the first attempt to vaccinate the adult population,” said KFF.
Of those who had not been vaccinated in April, 42% were Republican, 36% Democrat and 16% independent. In July it was 51% Republican, 23% Democrat and 20% Independent. In October, the makeup was 60% Republican, 17% Democrat and 17% Independent.
Unvaccinated Republicans tend to be younger and less educated, KFF said. Sixty-one percent of unvaccinated Republicans were 18-50 years old, and 79% had high school education or less or had some college experience.
But vaccinated and unvaccinated shared similar attitudes about COVID-19 and vaccines whether or not they got the shot.
Eighty-eight percent of the unvaccinated said the severity of COVID-19 is “exaggerated”. A smaller majority (54%) of vaccinated Republicans gave the same answer. A majority (56%) of vaccinated Democrats said the severity was correct.
When asked if they were afraid of getting sick from COVID-19, 62% of the unvaccinated said “not at all”, while a multiple (42%) of the vaccinated answered. For vaccinated Democrats, 36% were “not too concerned” and 31% were “somewhat concerned.”
Personal choice was a big issue for Republicans. Ninety-six percent of unvaccinated Republicans said getting the shot is a personal choice, versus 3% who said it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect the health of others. For vaccinated Republicans, it was 73% personal choice versus 26% responsibility. On the other hand, vaccinated Democrats said 81% responsibility versus 19% personal choice.
- Sixty-five percent of the unvaccinated say they are back to their pre-pandemic routines or have not changed at all. Forty-three percent of the vaccinated say this.
- Nearly three-quarters of unvaccinated workers said they would quit their jobs if they were forced to get vaccinated without a weekly testing option. If there was an option, 37% said they would get the vaccine and 46% would get the test.
- Nearly half of all people say they will attend a holiday gathering of more than ten people, compared to 22% who won’t due to pandemic concerns.
- Democrats and independents are putting more blame on the spread of COVID-19 for holding back economic growth in their area. Republicans mostly blame government restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
- Nearly half of all adults have never heard of Merck’s new pill, designed to help people with early COVID-19 symptoms become seriously ill. And 19% mistakenly believe that the pill prevents COVID-19 infection.
- Nearly 80% of them have heard a myth about COVID-19 or vaccines that they believe to be true or aren’t sure if it’s true.
- Local TV news tends to be the most trusted source of information about COVID-19, while network news, cable news, and social media are the least trusted. But vaccinated adults rely more on local and most major news sources than unvaccinated people.