(Washington, DC) On September 27, 2021, United States of Care (USofCare) released a memo highlighting some of the latest research from its partners in the Vaccine Hesitancy Research Consortium on parents and their views on vaccinating their children. As the memo makes clear, “the most effective messengers for adults — making decisions for themselves or their children — remain each family’s doctor.”
Other noteworthy takeaways include:
- Advocates should encourage parents to talk with their child’s pediatrician, which in some cases may have the dual benefit of leading both parent and child to get vaccinated.
- Kaiser Family Foundation’s COVID-19 Monitor found that parents who have been vaccinated are more likely to vaccinate their children against COVID-19. In addition, more than six in ten parents of children who have received at least one dose of the vaccine say they have talked with their child “a lot” about the vaccine, compared with about a third (35%) of parents of unvaccinated 12-17 year-olds.
- deBeaumont Foundation polling found that 76% said the Delta variant increases the likelihood of their children getting a COVID vaccine, including 48% who said it makes them “much more likely.”