The Bulletin Board

Interest in boosters is up, as is parents’ resistance to vaccinating children

By: - December 21, 2021 1:38 pm

The state’s vaccination rate has stalled in recent months, and that has not changed since November, even with the arrival of the more contagious omicron variant, according to the latest Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The poll also reported increased interest in boosters and a drop in support among parents for vaccinating their children.

bar graph on reasons not to get vaccine
(Source: University of New Hampshire Survey Center Granite State Poll)

The poll found that 20 percent of the population continues to say they won’t get vaccinated, and less than 1 percent of that group said the newest variant will change their minds. 

The biggest change was among the 80 percent of partially and fully vaccinated respondents who have gotten a booster or plan to, which grew from 83 percent in November to 93 percent in December. Over that month, the percentage of those who said they probably or almost certainly would not get the booster dropped by 10 points, to 5 percent this month.

But also significant was the increase in parents who say they will either “almost certainly”or “probably not” have their child vaccinated, up from 35 percent in November to 42 percent in December. 

Their most common reasons were disbelief that COVID-19 is a threat to children and doubts the vaccine will prevent their child from becoming ill. Not far behind was distrust in the vaccine’s safety for children and the vaccine’s manufacturers.

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Annmarie Timmins
Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.