Guardians' willingness to vaccinate their teenagers against COVID-19 in China: A national cross-sectional survey.J Affect Disord. 2022 02 15; 299:196-204.JA
To investigate Chinese guardians' willingness to vaccinate teenagers (WVT) against COVID-19, we conducted a national wide survey in 31 provinces in mainland China.
We involved 16133 guardians from 31 provinces in Chinese Mainland from August 6th to 9th, 2021. The question "Are you willing to vaccinate teenagers of COVID-19 vaccine?" was designed to capture WVT. Odds ratios (OR) with 95% Confidence Intervals (CI) for potential factors of WVT were estimated using multiple logistic regression models.
In total, 13327 (82.61%) of the respondents expressed positive WVT, 12.90% of the respondents were uncertain but inclined to vaccinate their teenagers. Meanwhile, 3.89% of the respondents were uncertain and inclined to reject, and 0.60% of the respondents rejected the vaccines. After adjusting for potential confounders, the married, total family income last year, reject to Categoly1 vaccines, access information about the COVID-19 vaccines from community workers, low COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy, guardian's vaccination behavior, and the importance of vaccinating teenagers were all independent factors that affected the guardians' likely to accept. Further, the current study found that lower trust in doctors and vaccine developers was associated with negative WVT. The reasons for negative WVT included teenagers' young age and guardians' worries on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
This large-scale study assessed Chinese guardians' WVT against COVID-19, as well as its potential influencing factors, which is useful for international and national decision-makers.