Intent to get vaccinated against COVID-19 among reproductive-aged women in Texas

Abbey B. Berenson, Mihyun Chang, Jacqueline Hirth, Manasa Kanukurthy

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Abstract

Data are needed on the acceptability of Covid-19 vaccination among young, low-income, diverse populations. To assess this, we surveyed 18–45-year-old women on their intent to be vaccinated, experiences with Covid-19, and uptake of other vaccines. Among the 342 who completed the survey, only one-third were likely to accept the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it was available. Less than half would accept it even if recommended by their doctor. Most (69%) wanted more information on its safety and 48% wanted proof it works. Likelihood of accepting the vaccine with a doctor’s recommendation was associated with fear of catching Covid-19 and exposure to social media as well as HPV and annual flu vaccination. This demonstrates it will be necessary to help vaccine-hesitant individuals overcome their concerns to reach herd immunity in the US. Physician recommendation and social media may play important roles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • hesitancy
  • physician education
  • provider recommendation
  • vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology

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