In a new research paper from The COVID States Project, researchers found that while parents in rural areas are greatly concerned over possible COVID-19 vaccinations for their children, urban and suburban are right behind them, diminishing the gap over vaccination worries.

The researchers for COVID States implemented a survey asking questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for children, and received more than 21,000 responses.

From the paper: “All investigated parental concerns about vaccinating children against COVID-19 have increased significantly from June 2021 to September 2021 across all demographic groups. A few of these jumps were as high as 15 percentage points or more for certain concerns and for demographic groups.

Certain groups of parents are more likely to express major concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine for their kids, including younger mothers, parents of younger children, parents of children who have not yet been vaccinated, Republicans and Independents, Hispanic and Black parents, the non-college educated, and rural residents.” (Pippert et al., p. 6)

With Pfizer seeking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, the likelihood of rural parents allowing their children to get the shot is outweighed by the obvious concern they have over the vaccine’s effectiveness and long-term effects. Urban and suburban parents, shown to not have as much concern in the past, are now almost as worried as their rural counterparts over the possible children’s vaccine.

To read the pre-print paper from COVID States, click here.

Citation: Pippert, C. H., Trujillo, K. L., Lazer, D., Baum, M., Simonson, M. D., Ognyanova, K., … Shere, A. (2021, October 18). The COVID States Project #68: Heightened parental concerns about COVID-19 vaccinations for children. https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/4u6hb

SOURCE: The Rural Blog