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Predictors of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the UK household longitudinal study

Robertson, Elaine and Reeve, Kelly S and Niedzwiedz, Claire L and Moore, Jamie C and Blake, Margaret and Green, Michael and Katikireddi, Srinivasa Vittal and Benzeval, Michaela J (2021) 'Predictors of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the UK household longitudinal study.' Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 94. 41 - 50. ISSN 0889-1591

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Abstract

Vaccine hesitancy could undermine efforts to control COVID-19. We investigated the prevalence of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the UK and identified vaccine hesitant subgroups. The ‘Understanding Society’ COVID-19 survey asked participants (n = 12,035) their likelihood of vaccine uptake and reason for hesitancy. Cross-sectional analysis assessed vaccine hesitancy prevalence and logistic regression calculated odds ratios. Overall vaccine hesitancy was low (18% unlikely/very unlikely). Vaccine hesitancy was higher in women (21.0% vs 14.7%), younger age groups (26.5% in 16–24 year olds vs 4.5% in 75 + ) and those with lower education levels (18.6% no qualifications vs 13.2% degree qualified). Vaccine hesitancy was high in Black (71.8%) and Pakistani/Bangladeshi (42.3%) ethnic groups. Odds ratios for vaccine hesitancy were 13.42 (95% CI:6.86, 26.24) in Black and 2.54 (95% CI:1.19, 5.44) in Pakistani/Bangladeshi groups (compared to White British/Irish) and 3.54 (95% CI:2.06, 6.09) for people with no qualifications versus degree. Urgent action to address hesitancy is needed for some but not all ethnic minority groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, Vaccine hesitancy, Vaccine uptake, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic position, Inequalities
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 May 2021 14:20
Last Modified: 14 May 2021 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30346

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