New Polling Reveals Employer Actions Could Help Boost Childhood Vaccinations

As schools reopen across the country, just 36% of eligible adolescents ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
August 18, 2021
Stephen Massey
Managing Director, Health Action Alliance; Co-Founder, Meteorite

Last week, more than 120,000 children in the U.S. tested positive for COVID-19, reflecting a surge in new cases driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. Just 29% of working parents with household incomes under $90,000 say their 12-17 year-old has been vaccinated for COVID-19 compared to over half (54%) of working parents with higher incomes. 

Meanwhile, new polling from KFF suggests that employer actions could help close these gaps and drive vaccine uptake among eligible children:

“Employer efforts to encourage vaccination for those who want it should be expanded to support working parents who are considering vaccines for their eligible children,” said Dr. Lee Savio Beers, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Johnny C. Taylor Jr., President & CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  

Across the country, employers and business associations are stepping up, announcing new policies to support working parents who want to vaccinate eligible children. 

Employers should consider these best practice policies to support working parents:

Together with AAP, we’ve developed a suite of employer tools and resources to help your business share vaccine facts and support working parents who want to vaccinate eligible children against COVID-19.  Already taking action?  Let us know!


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