Parents’ vaccination status impacts vaccination plans for their children

May 28, 2021, 5:59 PM UTC

The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was approved for children 12 to 17 years old in May, with the Moderna vaccine expected to earn FDA approval in June. Now, many parents must decide whether they will allow their child to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as parent consent is needed in most states for any type of vaccination for a minor.

A parent’s own vaccine status has a great deal to do with their expectations for their children, according to the latest Economist/YouGov poll. Nine in ten of those parents who either will not get the vaccine or who aren’t sure (90%) claim that is what will happen with their children. Four in five parents who are fully or partially vaccinated or plan to be (81%) now say they will vaccinate their children.

The party differences one sees in responses to the question of personal vaccination are also there when parents are asked about their children. Three in five Republican parents (63%) say they have or will have their children vaccinated, compared to three-quarters of Democrat parents (74%).

See the toplines and crosstabs from this week’s Economist/YouGov poll 

Methodology: The Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 US Adult Citizens interviewed online between May 22 - 25, 2021. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the US Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential vote, registration status, geographic region, and news interest. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all US citizens. The margin of error is approximately 2.9% for the overall sample.  

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