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The proportion of adults prepared to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine has elevated

February 09, 2021

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The proportion of adults in the United States who agreed to receive a COVID-19 vaccine rose nearly 10 percentage points between September and December, according to survey results published in MMWR.

At the same time, the percentage of adults who said they didn’t get a COVID-19 vaccine when available fell, although the rate of non-intentions remained highest among some groups, including younger adults, women, and black adults, researchers reported.

Vaccine Attitude Infographic

Source: Nguyen KH et al. MMWR Morbid Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021; doi: 10.15585 / mmwr.mm7006e3.

“Healthcare providers are known to be a trusted source of information about vaccines for many people and can use CDC recommended guidelines to have effective conversations with patients about the need for vaccination.” Kimberly H. Nguyen, DrPHMPH, MS, An epidemiologist at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases of the CDC and colleagues wrote. “Ensuring high and equitable vaccination rates in all populations is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and ending the pandemic.”

Nguyen and colleagues analyzed the results of surveys conducted among more than 5,500 adults in the United States to determine public attitudes towards the COVID-19 vaccination. According to the study, the percentage of adults who wanted to be vaccinated rose from 39.4% to 49.1% between September and December. During the same period, the proportion of adults who did not want to be vaccinated fell from 38.1% to 32.1%.

Peter J. Hotez

Young adults, women, non-Hispanic Black adults, adults who lived in non-urban areas, and lower-income and less-educated adults who did not have health insurance were more likely to report that they did not intend to receive the vaccine Nguyen and colleagues.

An earlier study by Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and colleagues identified similar patterns in COVID-19 vaccine withholding.

“Both our study, conducted by a group at Texas A&M University, and a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation identified conservative groups and African American populations as the two most hesitant vaccines in the US,” Hotez told Healio. “We are working to identify the factors and forces behind these findings, including the role of anti-vaccine organizations.”

To date, nearly 63 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed in the US, and more than 43.2 million doses have been administered, with at least 32.8 million people receiving at least one dose, according to the CDC.

“Further building vaccine trust by tailoring information to the concerns of individuals and communities is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19,” wrote Nguyen and colleagues. “These results suggest a decrease in unintentionality over time, vaccine safety concerns among priority populations in the US, and implications for potential messages and strategies that increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and key workers, minorities.” and family members could educate the general public about the safety of the vaccine development process and the known efficacy and safety of approved COVID-19 vaccines. “

Reference:

Callaghan T et al. Soc Sci Med. 2020; doi: 10.1016 / j.socscimed.2020.113638.

CDC. COVID-19 vaccinations in the US. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations. Accessed February 9, 2021.

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Paul A. Offit, MD)

Paul A. Offit, MD

When people were initially asked, “Would you get a COVID-19 vaccine?” The question they were really asked was “Would you get a theoretical COVID-19 vaccine?”

The first vaccine received emergency approval from the FDA on December 10, 2020, and rolled off the assembly line 5 days later. It was not until mid-December that you could actually get vaccinated. At that point, we knew there were studies that showed the vaccines were working and studies that showed that serious side effects weren’t common.

It’s not surprising that over time, people became more comfortable with more information about the vaccine and whether it was safe.

Paul A. Offit, MD

Director of the Vaccine Education Center

Philadelphia Children’s Hospital

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