What Causes the Discrepancy in SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Between Parental Hesitancy for Themselves and for Their Children During Lockdown Period?

Publication date: Jun 28, 2023

Parents are usually the decision-makers for vaccinations of children. Therefore, it is important to understand parental beliefs and attitudes toward severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine for themselves and their children when it was approved for children age 3-17. A cross-sectional survey based on an anonymous online questionnaire for parents was conducted in seven provinces of China, and demographic information, vaccination history, parental decision motives, and health belief model toward themselves and their children were collected, respectively. The overall parental hesitancy rate toward themselves was 20. 30%, and that toward their children was 7. 80%. More parental concerns on disease severity (odd ratio [OR] = 1. 11, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1. 01-1. 61) and susceptibility (OR = 1. 29, 95% CI: 1. 01-1. 63) of children could be the causes of discrepancy in hesitancy for themselves and for their children. Parents who hesitated to vaccinate themselves might also be hesitated to vaccinate their children (β = 0. 077, P 

Concepts Keywords
China Health belief model
Coronavirus Parent
Parents SARS-CoV-2 vaccine
Severe Structural equation model
Vaccinations Vaccine hesitancy


Type Source Name
disease MESH Causes
disease VO vaccine
disease VO Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
disease VO vaccination
disease IDO history
disease IDO susceptibility

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