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As the Pandemic Progresses, How Does Willingness to Vaccinate against COVID-19 Evolve?

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School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Building 7, Central Queensland University, Bruce Highway, Rockhampton, QLD 4702, Australia
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Physical Activity Research Group, Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University, 44 Greenhill Road, Wayville, SA 5043, Australia
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Cluster for Resilience and Wellbeing, Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University, 44 Greenhill Road, Wayville, SA 5043, Australia
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School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, 6 University Drive, Branyan, QLD 4670, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 797; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020797
Received: 3 December 2020 / Revised: 12 January 2021 / Accepted: 14 January 2021 / Published: 19 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Health Behaviors, Risk Factors, NCDs and Health Promotion)
Controversy around the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines may lead to low vaccination rates. Survey data were collected in April and August 2020 from a total of 2343 Australian adults. A quarter (n = 575, 24%) completed both surveys. A generalized linear mixed model analysis was conducted to determine whether willingness to vaccinate changed in the repeated sample, and a multinominal logistic regression was conducted in all participants to determine whether willingness to vaccinate was associated with demographics, chronic disease, or media use. Willingness to vaccinate slightly decreased between April (87%) and August (85%) but this was not significant. Willingness to vaccinate was lower in people with a certificate or diploma (79%) compared to those with a Bachelor degree (87%), p < 0.01 and lower in infrequent users of traditional media (78%) compared to frequent users of traditional media (89%), p < 0.001. Women were more likely to be unsure if they would be willing to vaccinate (10%) compared to men (7%), p < 0.01. There were no associations between willingness to vaccinate and age, chronic disease, or social media use. Promotion of a COVID-19 vaccine should consider targeting women, and people with a certificate or diploma, via non-traditional media channels. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID; coronavirus; hesitancy; acceptance; time; demographics COVID; coronavirus; hesitancy; acceptance; time; demographics
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Alley, S.J.; Stanton, R.; Browne, M.; To, Q.G.; Khalesi, S.; Williams, S.L.; Thwaite, T.L.; Fenning, A.S.; Vandelanotte, C. As the Pandemic Progresses, How Does Willingness to Vaccinate against COVID-19 Evolve? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 797. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020797

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Alley SJ, Stanton R, Browne M, To QG, Khalesi S, Williams SL, Thwaite TL, Fenning AS, Vandelanotte C. As the Pandemic Progresses, How Does Willingness to Vaccinate against COVID-19 Evolve? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(2):797. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020797

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Alley, Stephanie J.; Stanton, Robert; Browne, Matthew; To, Quyen G.; Khalesi, Saman; Williams, Susan L.; Thwaite, Tanya L.; Fenning, Andrew S.; Vandelanotte, Corneel. 2021. "As the Pandemic Progresses, How Does Willingness to Vaccinate against COVID-19 Evolve?" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 2: 797. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020797

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