New York, December 15th
While the US is preparing its national vaccination program, a new survey showed that at least 21.3% of adults in the country do not intend to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, examined the psychological and social predictors of US adult desire to obtain a future Covid-19 vaccine and whether these predictors differ according to the issuance of the emergency vaccine authorization.
It involved a survey of 788 American adults and found that 59.9% of respondents were likely or likely to receive a future coronavirus vaccine, while 18.8% were neutral and 21.3% were likely to or they did not intend to receive it.
When asked if they would receive the vaccine on the basis of an emergency use authorization, 46.9% of respondents said they were certainly, probably or somewhat willing to do so; while 53.1% said they are certainly, probably, or somewhat willing to do so.
“The biggest problem emerging from this study is that participants seemed concerned about receiving the Covid-19 vaccine under emergency use authorization,” said study lead author Jeanine Guidry of Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States.
“We now also know that two of the vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna – may have some expected side effects and may cause people to hesitate to receive the vaccine,” she added.
The study also found worrying disparities between demographic groups.
For example, younger respondents were more likely than older respondents to express a desire to receive the vaccine.
The findings showed that significant predictors of the availability of the coronavirus vaccine include education and health insurance, as well as a high susceptibility to Covid-19.
“Predictors of the desire to obtain the vaccine under an emergency use authorization included age and race / ethnicity,” the authors noted. IANS