Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and resistance amongst parents of children under 18 years of age in Ireland

Ruth Ceannt, Frederique Vallieres, Heather Burns, Jamie Murphy, Philip Hyland

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Abstract

As COVID-19 vaccination for children becomes commonplace in Ireland, it is important to understand parent's willingness to vaccinate their children and factors associated with hesitancy and resistance. Amongst a nationally representative sample of parents from Ireland, surveyed in March/April 2021, 52.1% had, or were intending to have their child vaccinated; 30.1% reported they might vaccine their child; and 17.8% reported they would not vaccinate their child. Compared to vaccine-accepting parents, hesitant parents were more likely to be younger, less educated, poorer, to not know somebody who was sick from COVID-19, to believe the COVID-19 vaccines were unsafe, and to hold negative beliefs about scientists and healthcare professionals. Vaccine-resistant parents were more likely to be younger, living alone, to distrust scientists, and to believe the COVID-19 vaccines were unsafe. Public health messaging should target younger, lower income parents with clear information about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for children. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2022 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.]
Original languageEnglish
Article number102541009
Pages (from-to)6196-6200
Number of pages5
JournalVaccine
Volume40
Issue number43
Early online date7 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 12 Oct 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research received funding from the Health Research Board and the Irish Research Council under the COVID-19 Pandemic Rapid Response Funding Call [COV19-2020-025].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Acceptance
  • Vaccine
  • Hesitancy
  • Child
  • Parent
  • COVID-19
  • Humans
  • Vaccination
  • Parents
  • Vaccines
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Ireland
  • Adolescent
  • COVID-19/prevention & control
  • Vaccination Hesitancy

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