Aug 11, 2021 - Health

Poll: Most parents support school mask mandates

Parent sentiment for school vaccine, mask mandates
Data: KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The majority of parents disagree with schools' mandating COVID vaccines for kids 12 and older, but they do support mask mandates among the unvaccinated, according to a KFF Vaccine Monitor poll released Wednesday.

By the numbers: 63% of parents said they thought students 12 and older and staff who hadn't gotten a shot should be required to wear masks in school compared to 36% who opposed the idea.

  • But only 42% of parents felt comfortable with vaccine mandates, while 58% were against them.

Zoom out: More than 40% of parents of kids ages 12–17 said their kids had been vaccinated, up from 34% in June. Another 6% of those parents said they planned for their teen to get the vaccine right away.

  • Nearly a quarter (23%) said they want to "wait and see" how the vaccine works for others before getting their eligible child vaccinated.
  • Nearly one in 10 said they would get their child a shot "only if their school requires it" and one in five parents said their child will "definitely not" get vaccinated.

And here's a look at the concerns parents of teens are having:

Top concerns for parents of unvaccinated teens
Data: KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor; Chart: Will Chase/Axios
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