Changes in COVID-19 vaccine acceptability among parents with children aged 6–35 months in China: Repeated cross-sectional surveys in 2020 and 2021

Kechun ZHANG, Xue LIANG, Karen Lau Wa TAM, Joseph KAWUKI, Paul Shing-fong CHAN, Siyu CHEN, Yuan Josephine FANG, He CAO, Xiaofeng ZHOU, Yaqi CHEN, Tian HU, Hongbiao CHEN, Zixin WANG

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Abstract

China is considering to offer COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 6–35 months. This study investigated the changes in COVID-19 vaccine acceptability and associated factors among parents with children aged 6–35 months in 2020 and 2021. Two rounds of cross-sectional online surveys were conducted among adult factory workers in Shenzhen, China. A subset of 208 (first round) and 229 (second round) parents with at least one child aged 6–35 months was included in the study. Parental acceptability of COVID-19 vaccination increased significantly from 66.8% in the first round to 79.5% in the second round (p = 0.01). Positive attitudes, perceived subjective norm, and perceived behavioral control were associated with higher parental acceptability in both rounds of surveys (p values ranged from < 0.001 to 0.003). A negative association of negative attitudes with parental acceptability was observed in the second round (p = 0.02). No significant associations of exposure to information related to COVID-19 vaccination on social media with parental acceptability was found in either round of survey. Expanding the existing COVID-19 vaccination programs to cover children aged 6–35 months is necessary in China. Future programs should focus on modifying perceptions among parents to promote COVID-19 vaccination for children in this age group. Copyright © 2023 by the author.
Original languageEnglish
Article number170
JournalVaccines
Volume11
Issue number1
Early online date12 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Citation

Zhang, K., Liang, X., Tam, K. L. W., Kawuki, J., Chan, P. S.‐F., Chen, S., . . . Wang, Z. (2023). Changes in COVID-19 vaccine acceptability among parents with children aged 6–35 months in China: Repeated cross-sectional surveys in 2020 and 2021. Vaccines, 11(1). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11010170/

Keywords

  • Parental acceptability
  • COVID‐19 vaccination
  • Changes
  • Children aged 6–35 months
  • Repeated cross‐sectional surveys
  • China

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