You’re not alone in vaccine hesitancy for young children.
Overly frightened people with a casual attitude about others’ right to disagree with them may be talking as if you’re unleashing death bombs on your community if you don’t subject your children to COVID-19 vaccines, but nationally, at least, you’re not alone:
Around 29% of parents with kids ages 5 to 11 said their kid is vaccinated or they are going to be “right away.” However, “about a third of parents of children ages 5 to 11 say they want to wait and see how the vaccine is working for others before getting their younger child vaccinated. About three in ten parents say they will definitely not get their younger child vaccinated, and a further 7% say they will only do so if their school requires it,” the KFF report stated.
As shown in the following chart from KFF, even among Democrats, whose 12-17-year-old children are over 80% vaccinated, only about half have or plan to have their 5-11-year-old children vaccinated. It’d be interesting to see how this data distributes by the age of the child. I’d wager a good portion of the people who say they’ll vaccinate their children “right away” have kids who are near the older age group.
It’s also interesting to note that, on the question of vaccinating young children, all racial groups fall between the positions of Republicans and Independents. As with much else in our current condition, the dividing line on something non-partisan appears to be partisan, but only for Democrats.
Featured image by the CDC on Unsplash.