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USA: Vaccination of Children Invisibly Survey: Parents Are Cautious to Vaccinate Their Kids Against Covid

Author / Editor: Dr. Don Vaughn, Ph.D.* / Alexander Stark

As the U.S. continues the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, many parents are paying attention to the effects of the vaccines. Invisibly used it’s Realtime Research tool to poll 1258 Americans to find out public sentiment on the topic, and learn if parents are vaccinating their kids and if so, when they plan to do it.

From March 25th to March 29th, 2021, Invisibly questioned Americans on their thoughts about getting their children the Covid-19 vaccine.
From March 25th to March 29th, 2021, Invisibly questioned Americans on their thoughts about getting their children the Covid-19 vaccine.
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St. Louis/USA — From March 25th to March 29th, 2021, Invisibly questioned Americans on their thoughts about getting their children the Covid-19 vaccine. They surveyed 1258 people to learn the ages of their children and find out if and when they plan on getting them vaccinated. Invisibly used their Realtime Research polling tool to learn whether parents are willing to get their kids vaccinated, and if so, when they plan to do it. They also asked questions about the age-ranges of both the kids and the parents to see how this factored into people's responses.

74 percent of people will either wait a few months or don’t plan to vaccinate their kids at all. The youngest of respondents, those 18-24, are the most willing to get their kids vaccinated. That rate lowered as the parental age-range increased, meaning older parents are less likely to get their kids immediately vaccinated.

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When asked whether or not people plan on getting their kids the Covid-19 vaccine, 53 percent of respondents said yes, compared to 47 percent who said no. When asked about the age of their children, 22 percent of respondents said their children were between 0-5 years of age, 17 percent said their children were between age 6-9, 29 percent said their kids were between the ages of 10-13, and 32 percent had children between 14-17 years old.

41 percent of survey responding parents said they will wait a few months after the vaccine becomes available to get their kids the shot. 33 percent said they did not have any plans to vaccinate their kids. Only 26 percent of respondents said they would immediately get their kids vaccinated.

Out of the parents who plan to vaccinate their kids, 61 percent said they plan to wait a few months after it becomes available, with only 39 percent saying they would do it as soon as they can.

The survey revealed that the majority of the respondents’ children (32 percent) were between 14 and 17 years old. 29 percent of the children were aged between 10 and 13 years old, 22 percent of respondents had children between 0-5 years old, and 17 percent had children aged between 6-9 years old.

Of those who will definitely be vaccinating their children, 36 percent said their children were between ages 14 and 17. Also among those who will vaccinate their kids, 29 percent said their kids were between 10 and 13 years old. 18 percent of those parents who will vaccinate said their children were between 6-9 years old, and 17 percent of those parents who are willing to vaccinate had small children under the age of five. Among those parents who will not be vaccinating their children, 29 percent had children aged 14-17, the same percentage went for children aged 10-13. 16 percent of children whose parents will not be vaccinating them were aged 6 to 9 years old. 26 percent of children whose parents will not be getting vaccinated were aged under five years old.

The data shows that 24 percent of parents who are willing to vaccinate their kids had children aged 14-17 years old. 18 percent of those same parents had children between 10-13 years old, while 10 percent of parents who will vaccinate their kids had children who were aged between 6-9 years old, and only 9 percent of parents willing to get their kids the vaccine had children aged under 5 years old.

Parents Aged 55+ Less Willing to Get Kids Vaccinated

The vast majority of parents who said they would not be getting the vaccine for their children were aged 55 and over. The second highest group in that category were the 41-54 year olds at 56 percent, followed by 50 percent of 25-40 year olds who do not plan on vaccinating their children and 37 percent of 18-24 year olds who are not getting their kids vaccinated. In comparison, just 26 percent of the 55 and over group said they would get their kids vaccinated, while 44 percent of parents aged 41-54 plan to vaccinate their kids, 50 percent of 25-40 year olds will also get their kids vaccinated, and the majority of those vaccinating their kids (63 percent) were aged between 18-24.

The survey revealed that in the 18-24 parental age group, 63 percent said they would get their kids vaccinated as soon as they could. In that same age group, 22 percent said they would wait a few months before getting their kids the vaccine. Among 25-40 year-olds, 40 percent said they would get their kids vaccinated as soon as they could compared to 21 percent who said they would wait a few months first. Of those parents in the 41-54 age group, 34 percent said they would get their kids vaccinated as soon as they were able to, compared with 15 percent who said they would rather wait a few months after the vaccine becomes available. In the oldest age group, the 55s and over, 25 percent said they would get their kids vaccinated as soon as possible, compared with just 10 percent who said they would wait a few months after the vaccines become available.

When asked whether or not people plan on getting their kids the Covid-19 vaccine, 53 percent of respondents said yes, compared to 47 percent who said no. When asked about the age of their children, 22 percent of respondents said their children were between 0-5 years of age, 17 percent said their children were between age 6-9, 29 percent said their kids were between the ages of 10-13, and 32 percent had children between 14-17 years old.

* Dr. Don Vaughn is a neuroscientist, futurist, and communicator. He is Head of Product at Invisibly.

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