Over half of parents whose children are too young to vaccinate against COVID-19 feel “disappointed” by recent delays in vaccine testing, according to a new poll. 

Our survey of 1,000 parents found that 53% of those with children age four and younger are unhappy about the lack of COVID vaccines for their little ones. 

However, 56% remain hopeful that the vaccine will be rolled out for kids under 5 this year. 

Six in 10 agreed that having access to a child-safe vaccine will bring them peace of mind.

In February 2022, Pfizer-BioNTech postponed its vaccine for children six months through four years of age to continue gathering more trial data, leaving many families in limbo for the foreseeable future.

But on March 13th, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla went on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” saying he hopes to have that data next month and the vaccine could be available for young kids in May 2022. 

And Moderna said it expects to have vaccine data for kids aged two through five in March.

The study also polled parents of children ages 5 to 18, finding that 60% have already fully vaccinated their older offspring against the virus. 

  • Of those, 82% reported feeling relief after their child received their shots.
  • Despite that, 85% shared that their families are still taking further precautions, such as washing their hands regularly, wearing masks and social distancing.

Meanwhile, the data suggests that 21% of eligible children haven’t yet gotten their shots

Only 13% of parents said they don’t plan on vaccinating their kids at all, while 8% would do so in the future. 

OnePoll survey graphic: 56 per cent of parents of very young children are hopeful that the Covid vaccine will be rolled out for kids under 5 years

This OnePoll online survey was conducted between March 3rd and March 9th 2022, with 1,000 parents of children age 0-18. As members of AAPOR – the American Association for Public Opinion Research, OnePoll researchers adhere to the principles and actions set out in the AAPOR Code.