Preprint Article Version 1 Preserved in Portico This version is not peer-reviewed

Intent among Parents to Vaccinate Children before Pediatric Vaccine Recommendations, Minnesota and Los Angeles County, California--May-September 2021

Version 1 : Received: 26 July 2022 / Approved: 27 July 2022 / Online: 27 July 2022 (10:00:43 CEST)

How to cite: Suvada, K.A.; Quan, S.F.; Weaver, M.D.; Sreedhara, M.; Czeisler, M.É.; Como-Sabetti, K.; Lynfield, R.; Grounder, P.; Traub, E.; Amoon, A.; Ladva, C.; Howard, M.E.; Czeisler, C.A.; Rajaratnam, S.; Ekwueme, D.U.; Flannery, B.; Lane, R.I. Intent among Parents to Vaccinate Children before Pediatric Vaccine Recommendations, Minnesota and Los Angeles County, California--May-September 2021. Preprints 2022, 2022070418 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202207.0418.v1). Suvada, K.A.; Quan, S.F.; Weaver, M.D.; Sreedhara, M.; Czeisler, M.É.; Como-Sabetti, K.; Lynfield, R.; Grounder, P.; Traub, E.; Amoon, A.; Ladva, C.; Howard, M.E.; Czeisler, C.A.; Rajaratnam, S.; Ekwueme, D.U.; Flannery, B.; Lane, R.I. Intent among Parents to Vaccinate Children before Pediatric Vaccine Recommendations, Minnesota and Los Angeles County, California--May-September 2021. Preprints 2022, 2022070418 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202207.0418.v1).

Abstract

Objectives: This study assessed the associations between parent intent to have their child receive COVID-19 vaccination, and demographic factors and various child activities including attendance at in-person education or childcare. Methods: Persons undergoing COVID-19 testing residing in Minnesota and Los Angeles County, California with children aged <12 years completed anonymous internet-based surveys between May 10 and September 6, 2021 to assess factors associated with intention to vaccinate their child. Factors influencing parents’ decision to have their child attend in person school or childcare were examined. Estimated adjusted odds rations (AORs, 95% CI) were computed between parents’ intentions regarding children’s COVID-19 vaccination and participation in school and extra-curricular activities using multinomial logistic regression. Results: Compared to parents intending to vaccinate their children (n=4,686 [77.2%]), those undecided (n=874 [14.4%] or without intention to vaccinate (n=508 [8.4%]) tended to be younger, non-White, less educated and themselves not vaccinated against COVID-19. Their children more commonly participated in sports (aOR:1.51 1.17-1.95) and in-person faith or community activities (aOR:4.71 (3.62-6.11). They further indicated that additional information regarding vaccine safety and effectiveness would influence their decision. COVID-19 mitigation measures were the most common factors influencing parents’ decision to have their child attend in-person class or childcare. Conclusions: Several demographic and socioeconomic factors are associated with parents’ decision whether to vaccinate their <12-year-old children for COVID-19. Child participation in in-person activities was associated with parents’ intentions not to vaccinate. Tailored communications may be useful to inform parents’ decisions regarding safety and effectiveness of vaccination.

Keywords

COVID-19; vaccination; adolescents; parents; school

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Pediatrics

Comments (0)

We encourage comments and feedback from a broad range of readers. See criteria for comments and our diversity statement.

Leave a public comment
Send a private comment to the author(s)
Views 0
Downloads 0
Comments 0
Metrics 0


×
Alerts
Notify me about updates to this article or when a peer-reviewed version is published.
We use cookies on our website to ensure you get the best experience.
Read more about our cookies here.