Detroit parents less likely to vaccinate themselves than nonparents, leads to low youth vaccination rates
March 10, 2022
ANN ARBOR—Just under half of Detroit parents and guardians of children under 18 reported at the end of 2021 that they had been vaccinated against COVID-19, compared to 75% of adults who do not live with children.
These relatively low vaccination rates among parents in Detroit are particularly consequential due to their strong relationship with low vaccination rates among children. Unvaccinated parents are 22 times less likely than vaccinated parents to report that their children aged 12 through 17 have been vaccinated.
That’s according to a new report from the Detroit Metro Area Communities Study supported by the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions initiative. The survey was administered to 1,900 Detroit households between Nov. 3 and Dec. 15, 2021. DMACS has been surveying representative samples of Detroit households since 2016, and survey responses are weighted to match Detroit’s population demographics and represent the views of the city as a whole.