Some polls suggest that parents may be more anxious about their children receiving COVID-19 vaccines than other vaccines. The data is not conclusive.
We found that a Saudi-Arabia-based study published in Frontiers shows that parents believed that more routine childhood vaccines are more essential and effective than the COVID-19 vaccine. They are shown to be less hesitant when vaccination information comes from their government and health authorities directly.
In another study from Annual Reviews, the negative influence of anti-vaccination movements is often named as a cause of increasing vaccine resistance in public.
The U.S.-based Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows 27 percent of parents with children aged five to 11 years old said they would vaccinate their child against COVID-19. However, 35 percent said they either definitely wouldn’t vaccinate their child against COVID-19 or wouldn’t unless required. The rest were somewhere in the middle and said they would “wait and see.”
A Jordan-based survey published by PLOS states that parents said they were more trusting about MMR and HBV vaccines when information came from health authorities/government than the internet. The same context applies to COVID-19 vaccines.
Researchers in Italy found that parents with less education and less access to information were more hesitant to get their children vaccinated.
Ontario-based research also shows older parents (55+) were less anxious to have their children vaccinated against COVID-19, while parents around the age of 40 were more hesitant.
Early research suggests that parents may be more anxious about COVID-19 vaccines than other vaccines. It is important to note, however, that polls alone do not amount to in-depth research, and there are not many polls available looking at the specifics of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in comparison to other vaccines. As such, we have marked this as partly true.