In a new study, researchers found that more than three-quarters of U.S. adults report being “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The research was conducted by a team from New Mexico State University.
In the study, the team did an online survey of 1,878 U.S. adults to assess COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.
They found that the likelihood of getting a COVID-19 immunization was as follows: very likely, 52%; somewhat likely, 27%; not likely, 15%; and definitely not, 7%.
People who had a lower level of education, income, or perceived threat of getting infected were more likely to report that they were not likely/definitely not going to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
In an unadjusted analysis, vaccine hesitancy was higher among those who had children at home (25%), rural dwellers (29%), and people in the Northeastern United States (25%).
In a further analysis, vaccine hesitancy was predicted significantly by sex, education, employment, income, having children at home, political affiliation, and the perceived threat of getting infected with COVID-19 in the next year.
The team says given the high prevalence of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, evidence-based communication, mass media strategies, and policy measures will have to be implemented across the United States to convert vaccines into vaccinations and mass immunization with special attention to the groups identified in this study.
One author of the study is Jagdish Khubchandani, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
The study is published in the Journal of Community Health.
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