Factors Associated with Parental COVID-19 Vaccination Acceptance

Factors Associated with Parental COVID-19 Vaccination Acceptance

Published: Jun 01, 2022
Publisher: Clinical Pediatrics, vol. 61, issue 5-6
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Authors

Mia C. Letterie

Stephen W. Patrick

Alese E. Halvorson

William D. Dupont

Kecia N. Carroll

Sarah E. Williams

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact families and children, understanding parental attitudes and likely acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine is essential. We conducted a statewide survey with a representative sample of parents in Tennessee focused on COVID-19 and influenza vaccine acceptance and perspectives. Data from 1066 parents were analyzed using weighted survey methods to generalize results to the state of Tennessee. About 53% of parents reported a likelihood to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, and 45% were likely to vaccinate their child against COVID-19 and influenza. Female parents were less likely to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, but the strongest predictor of likely COVID-19 vaccine acceptance was influenza vaccine acceptance (adjusted odds ratio = 5.46; 95% confidence interval: 3.20-9.30). Parental acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines for children is closely tied to influenza vaccine acceptance. Public health approaches to maximize vaccine uptake could focus on children who have not been receiving influenza vaccines.

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