New polling by Ipsos MORI shows wide support for offering the COVID-19 vaccine to young people under the age of 17. Three-quarters (75%) support offering the jab to all young people aged 17 or under. A similar proportion support offering the vaccine to those aged 12-15 (74%) while over 4 in 5 (82%) are in favour of offering it to those aged 16-17. Support among parents is slightly lower, but still a majority – for example, 62% of parents support offering the vaccine to all young people aged 17 or under, while one in five (22%) are opposed.
Similarly, two-thirds (67%) of parents of children aged 17 or under say they are at least fairly likely to get their child(ren) vaccinated should it be made available to them, while 3 in 10 (29%) are not. While still a majority, parents of younger children are less likely to have their children vaccinated. Six in ten parents of child(ren) aged 5 or under say they are likely to give them the vaccine, which rises to 7 in 10 parents of 13-15 year olds (70%) and 8 in 10 parents of 16-17-year olds (81%).
Seven in 10 (70%) parents from white ethnic groups say they would get their children the COVID-19 vaccine, only a quarter say they would not (26%). In comparison, 54% of parents from ethnic minority groups would allow their children to take the vaccine, while over 4 in 10 (44%) say they are unlikely to allow this if at all.
The main reasons for parents not getting their children vaccinated is worry about any long-term effects on their health (51% of those who would not get their children vaccinated) or side effects on children (48%), while a third (36%) say they don’t know if the vaccines have been tested for children. Only 15% say they do not trust the government in their advice to take the vaccine.