Willingness to Accept Expedited COVID-19 Vaccine Research for Children Aged <12 Years After Adult Vaccine Approval

Clinical Therapeutics
January 2022 Volume 44 Issue 1 p1-154


Original Research
Willingness to Accept Expedited COVID-19 Vaccine Research for Children Aged <12 Years After Adult Vaccine Approval
Ran D. Goldman, Jeffrey N. Bone, Renana Gelernter,… Mark A. Griffiths, Ahmed Mater, for the International COVIPAS (COVID-19 Parental Attitude Study) Group
Published online: November 15, 2021
The goal of this study was to assess if caregivers’ attitudes toward the regulatory process of approving the vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for children aged <12 years changed after a vaccine was approved for adults. Methods This was a larger scale COVIPAS (COVID-19 Parental Attitude Study) survey of caregivers presenting with their children aged ≤12 years for emergency care in 12 hospitals in the United States, Canada, and Israel. The study compared willingness to support abridged research into COVID-19 vaccines for children between the peak of the pandemic (March–May 2020) and after a COVID-19 vaccine became available for adults (December 2020–March 2021). Findings A total of 1956 surveys were included in the analyses. Overall, 385 (30.9%) caregivers in the pre–vaccine approval period and 250 (35.3%) caregivers in the post–adult vaccine phase supported abridged research into COVID-19 vaccines (P < 0.001). In both phases, mothers were less likely to favor abridged approval. Those with children who were fully vaccinated based on the pediatric schedule in their country favored abridged approval in phase 1 (odds ratio, 1.98; 95% confidence interval, 1.31–3.08) but less so in phase 2. In both phases, age and concerns of parents that they had COVID-19 or their child had COVID-19 were not associated with changes in response between phases. Implications Willingness to expedite vaccine approval increased after the emergency approval of COVID-19 vaccine for adults. Mothers are much less likely to approve expedited approval. No significant changes have been found in the composition of caregivers willing to forego regulatory demands on vaccine approval.