As school season approaches, parents are reluctant to vaccinate their children against COVID-19. Nearly three Parents out of four unvaccinated children said that the recommendation of their child’s health care provider would be integral in their decision to vaccinate.
Nearly 70% of parents with children ages 3 to 11 and 50% of parents with children ages 12 to 18 have not discussed the COVID-19 Vaccine with their pediatrician.Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, said that in order to get more kids vaccinated, doctors must be more assertive in discussing COVID-19 Vaccine with parents and addressing their legitimate concerns.
Only about 38% of adolescents ages 12 to 17 will have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine. Therefore, about 30% of this population will be fully vaccinated at that time. Lower-income parents are more hesitant to vaccinate their children. Across both age groups, fewer parents with a household income of less than $50,000 reported their child already got or is likely to get a Covid vaccine than parents with a household income of more than $100,000.