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In a study of South Australian households, researchers at the University of Adelaide have found parents are more likely to refuse COVID-19 vaccination for their child than the proportion of adults refusing vaccination for themselves.
In the study published in Vaccines, 3003 households were surveyed between May and July 2021 about their willingness to immunise themselves and their children against COVID-19, along with whether they would support mandatory vaccination strategies.
Lead researcher and author, Professor in Vaccinology at the University of Adelaide Professor Helen Marshall, said: “While COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been extended to children aged between 12 and 15 years in many countries, including Australia, parental support hasn’t been well captured, and very few have looked at community acceptance of mandatory policies.
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