1 in 4 parents say their children have been in quarantine since the beginning of school

HealthDay News – A quarter of U.S. parents say their child has had to be quarantined since school started due to possible COVID-19 exposure, a new survey shows.

The nationwide representative survey of 1,519 people, which was carried out between September 13 and 22, comprised 414 people who identified themselves as parents of children aged 17 and younger. Still, around two-thirds of parents said they believe schools are taking appropriate measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, the Kaiser Family Foundation report suggests that parents of older children have slowly become familiar with the vaccine over time. About 48 percent of parents said their children between the ages of 12 and 17 had received at least one dose of the vaccine by September, an increase from the 41 percent reported in July.

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The report also showed that parents of younger children were now more likely to say they would vaccinate their children. In July, 26 percent said they would give their children an injection as soon as possible, up from 34 percent now. Hesitation is also subsiding, with 32 percent still saying they will “wait and see”, compared with 40 percent in July.

What hasn’t changed much are parents who firmly say that they “definitely won’t” vaccinate their children. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, it was 21 percent in September and just slightly more in April, 22 percent. For children aged 5 to 11, it was 25 percent in July and 24 percent in September.

Parents also had different views about wearing masks. About 18 percent of parents who received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine felt schools shouldn’t require all staff and students to wear masks, while 63 percent of unvaccinated parents felt so, the showed Results. Of all parents, 58 percent said schools should have full masking requirements, 35 percent said there should be no regulations, and 4 percent said only unvaccinated students and staff should wear masks.

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