This ASPE issue brief examines hesitancy among parents to vaccinate children ages 5-11 and 12-17 using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey. Overall, a larger percent of parents with children aged 5-11 are hesitant to vaccinate their children (34 percent) than parents of children aged 12-17 (21 percent). Vaccinated parents tend to be less hesitant to vaccinate their children than unvaccinated parents, although hesitancy still varies by child age. Hesitancy to vaccinate children varied by demographic characteristics and was highest among non-Hispanic White respondents and those without a college education. The main reasons for hesitancy to vaccinate children were concerns about side effects, plans to wait and see, and distrust in vaccines or the government.
See the ASPE Issue Brief for additional details.
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