THURSDAY, April 1, 2021 (HealthDay News)
More than one-quarter of U.S. parents don’t plan to vaccinate their kids for COVID-19, and roughly as many oppose school-required coronavirus shots, a new study finds.
This opposition was more common among moms than dads, and was especially common among white mothers who identified as Republican/Republican-leaning, the researchers said.
“Women tend to serve as family health managers within the family so they are generally more likely than men to follow expert medical recommendations for avoiding health risks,” said study co-author Jessica Calarco. She is a professor of sociology at Indiana University Bloomington.
“However, with the onslaught of misinformation around the coronavirus, the pressure women face to control risks may be leading them to disproportionately oppose some new efforts to promote public health,” Calarco said in a university news release.
The study looked at a survey of nearly 2,000 U.S. parents and interviews from Calarco’s