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COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among an Online Sample of Sexual and Gender Minority Men and Transgender Women

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Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Public Health, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA
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Fenway Health, Boston, MA 02215, USA
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA
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Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, USA
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Academic Editor: Alessandra Casuccio
Vaccines 2021, 9(3), 204; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9030204
Received: 5 February 2021 / Revised: 23 February 2021 / Accepted: 26 February 2021 / Published: 1 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination)
Sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations are particularly vulnerable to poor COVID-19 outcomes and are more likely to experience stigma and medical mistrust that may impact COVID-19 vaccine acceptance. This study examined the prevalence of COVID testing and diagnosis and assessed COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among a large sample of SGM. Participants were recruited as part of an online cross-sectional study focused on an HIV biomedical prevention technology willingness in the United States at increased risk for HIV sero-conversion. Multivariate linear analysis was conducted to examine COVID-19 vaccine acceptance. The study sample included 1350 predominately gay (61.6%), Black (57.9%), cis-gender (95.7%) males with a mean age of 32.9 years. Medical mistrust and social concern regarding COVID-19 vaccine stigma were significantly associated with decreased COVID-19 vaccine acceptance, and altruism was significantly associated with increased vaccine acceptance. Black participants were significantly less likely to accept a COVID-19 vaccine, and Asian participants were significantly more likely to accept a vaccine, compared to White peers. As the planning of COVID-19 vaccine rollout efforts is conceptualized and designed, these data may inform equitable implementation strategies and prevent worsening health inequities among SGM populations. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; sexual; gender; minority; vaccine; acceptance COVID-19; sexual; gender; minority; vaccine; acceptance
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Teixeira da Silva, D.; Biello, K.; Lin, W.Y.; Valente, P.K.; Mayer, K.H.; Hightow-Weidman, L.; Bauermeister, J.A. COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among an Online Sample of Sexual and Gender Minority Men and Transgender Women. Vaccines 2021, 9, 204. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9030204

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Teixeira da Silva D, Biello K, Lin WY, Valente PK, Mayer KH, Hightow-Weidman L, Bauermeister JA. COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among an Online Sample of Sexual and Gender Minority Men and Transgender Women. Vaccines. 2021; 9(3):204. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9030204

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Teixeira da Silva, Daniel; Biello, Katie; Lin, Willey Y.; Valente, Pablo K.; Mayer, Kenneth H.; Hightow-Weidman, Lisa; Bauermeister, José A. 2021. "COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among an Online Sample of Sexual and Gender Minority Men and Transgender Women" Vaccines 9, no. 3: 204. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9030204

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