Jagdish Khubchandani, PhD, Professor of Public Health at New Mexico State University, discusses the results of a study assessing national COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.
Dr. Khubchandani, along with other public health researchers, conducted a study to establish a comprehensive and systematic assessment of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in a community-based sample of the American adult population. The study was recently published in the Journal of Community Health.
As Dr. Khubchandani explains, the results demonstrated that individuals who had lower education, income, or perceived threat of getting infected with COVID-19 were more likely to report that they were not likely or definitely not going to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, vaccine hesitancy was higher among African-Americans (34%), Hispanics (29%), those who had children at home (25%), rural dwellers (29%), people in the northeastern U.S. (25%), and those who identified as Republicans (29%). Given these results, Dr. Khubchandani and colleagues suggest more evidence-based communication, mass media strategies, and policy measures be used with specific attention made to target the audiences listed above.
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