One In Five Parents Of Children Under Age Five Say Their Child Has Gotten Vaccinated Or Will Get It ASAP, Almost Half Say They "Definitely" Won't Get It
About one in seven (16%) parents of children ages 6 months through 4 years old now say their child has gotten vaccinated for COVID-19, steady since September, but up from July. Few remaining parents of children in this age range (5%) say they plan to vaccinate their children “right away,” while 14% say they want to “wait and see” and another 20% of parents of young children will get them vaccinated “only if required” for school or other activities. Less than half (45%) of parents of children ages 6 months through 4 years old say they will “definitely not” get their child vaccinated for COVID-19. The share who say they will “definitely not” get their young child vaccinated for COVID-19 has increased from surveys taken earlier this year, when the vaccines were not yet available.
Reported vaccine uptake among children ages 5-11 has slowed slightly in recent months. Almost half of parents of kids ages 5-11 now report their child has gotten vaccinated (46%), continuing to tick up from earlier in the year. Just 2% of parents now say they will get their child vaccinated right away, and another 9% of parents of 5-11 year-olds still want to “wait and see.”
The share who say they will get their 5-11 year-old vaccinated “only if required” (8%) or will “definitely not” get them vaccinated (35%) has held steady over the past few months.
Reported Vaccination Rates For Teenagers Remain Steady, A Third Of Parents Say Their Child Won't Get The COVID-19 Vaccine
Parents’ intentions to vaccinate their older children have remained relatively steady since the start of the year. Almost six in ten parents of teenagers, ages 12-17, say their child has been vaccinated (62%), with very few parents who say they want to “wait and see” before deciding (2%). Around three in ten parents of 12-17 year-olds say they will definitely not get their child vaccinated (31%) while a further 5% say they will only do so if they are required.
Fewer Than Half Of Parents Of Children Between The Ages of 12-17 And 5-11 Say Their Child Has Gotten The Updated Booster Or Will Likely Do So
About one in four parents of teenagers ages 12 to 17 say their child has already gotten the updated COVID-19 booster (16%) or that they will definitely be doing so (8%). A further 18% say their teen will probably get the update booster. Notably, about four in ten parents of teenagers say their 12-17 year old is not vaccinated for COVID-19 and therefore not eligible to get the updated bivalent booster.
Among parents of younger children between the ages of 5 and 11, six in ten (61%) say their child is unvaccinated and therefore not eligible for the new COVID-19 booter. About one in five parents say their 5 to 11 year old has either gotten the updated booster (14%) or will definitely be doing so (7%), while a further 9% say their child will probably get the updated booster.
About Four In Ten Adults Report Getting New Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Or Say They Will Do So As Soon As Possible
About four in ten adults say they have either received the updated bivalent COVID-19 booster dose (22%) , which has been available since September, or say they plan to get the new booster as soon as possible (16%). About one in ten adults say they want to “wait and see” before getting the new booster (12%), while a similar share (13%) say they will only get it if they are required to do so. A further 9% say they will definitely not get the new updated booster while about one in four adults (27%) are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated, and therefore not eligible for the updated bivalent booster dose.
Adults Ages 65 And Older And Democrats Are Among The Most Likely To Report Having Gotten The Updated COVID-19 Booster
This month’s survey finds that many of these older adults remain eager, with four in ten adults ages 65 and older (39%) saying they have already gotten the updated COVID-19 booster while 16% say they will do so as soon as they can. However, this still leaves more than half of older adults, who are more vulnerable to complications from a COVID infection, without the protection of the updated booster.