Vaccine Monitor: 6 out of 10 parents of teens and a third of parents of 5-11 year olds say their child has been vaccinated for COVID-19, both up since November

1 in 4 parents say their student had to be quarantined in January due to COVID-19 infection or exposure; Overall, 4 out of 10 report some educational disorders

An increasing proportion of parents say that their eligible children have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and three out of ten parents with children under the age of 5 say that they want their child vaccinated immediately when they will be justified, a new KFF COVID -19 Vaccine Monitor report shows.

Among parents with children aged 12-17, 61% now say their child has been vaccinated, up from 49% in November. A further 3% now say they plan to get their child vaccinated as soon as possible, and 6% say they will “wait and see” how it works for others before doing so. Nearly a quarter (23%) of parents with young children say they absolutely will not get them vaccinated, while a small proportion (4%) say they will only do so if required in school.

Adolescents and teens in this age group are also encouraged to get a booster shot six months after their first vaccination. One in five (21%) parents with vaccinated children in that age group says that their child has already received a booster, while most others say that they will definitely (41%) or probably (24%) get one. booster injection.

Among parents of children aged 5-11 who were eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in early November, a third (33%) say that their child has now been vaccinated, twice as many as in November (16 %). In addition, 13% now say they want their child vaccinated “immediately”, and 19% say they will “wait and see” before doing so. Others are more resilient, with a quarter (24%) saying they “certainly will not” get their child vaccinated, and 9% saying they “would only do so if needed in school.

While children under the age of 5 are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, three out of ten (31%) parents of children of that age say they would have their child vaccinated “immediately” when they could. A similar proportion say they would like to “wait and see” how it works for other young children first, while a quarter (26%) say they would “certainly not” and 12% say they would do it “only if necessary.


Since schools reopened in January after the holidays, more than a quarter (27%) of parents say their child has been quarantined at home because they tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to a person who tested positive, according to the new Vaccine Monitor study finds.

In addition, one in five parents (20%) say their school closed personal education or switched to virtual learning at some point in January, and 14% say they kept their child home from school because of the risk of getting COVID – 19.

Together, 41% of parents report at least one of these three types of disorders in their child’s education. This includes half (49%) of black and Hispanic parents, who are much more likely than white parents to say they kept a child home from school because of COVID-19 risks (28% and 7%, respectively).

Overall, half (50%) say they are concerned about their child becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, including a quarter (25%) who say they are “very worried.” Black and Hispanic parents are also much more likely to be concerned about this than white parents (70% and 39%, respectively).

Other results include:

  • About one in seven (14%) parents of unvaccinated children aged 5-17 say news of the omicron variant makes them more likely to be vaccinated, while a large majority (79%) say it makes no difference.
  • 3 out of 10 (30%) parents of children enrolled in school say their child’s school provided COVID-19 tests that students can take either in person or at home before returning to school after the winter break. In addition, about 4 out of 10 (39%) parents of children enrolled in school say they have tried to buy a home test kit in the past month.

Designed and analyzed by opinion researchers at KFF, the KFF Vaccine Monitor survey was conducted from 11-23. January 2022 among a nationally representative random digit telephone sample of 1,536 adults, including 420 parents or guardians of children under 18. Interviews were conducted. in English and Spanish via landline (165) and mobile phone (1,371). The margin for sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the whole sample and plus or minus 6 percentage points for parents of children under 18. For results based on subgroups, the sampling error margin may be higher.

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor is an ongoing research project that tracks public attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. Using a combination of research and qualitative research, this project tracks the dynamic nature of public opinion as vaccine development and distribution unfold, including vaccine trust and acceptance, information needs, trusted messengers and messages, as well as public experience with vaccination.

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