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COVID-19’s Impact on Willingness to Be Vaccinated against Influenza and COVID-19 during the 2020/2021 Season: Results from an Online Survey of Canadian Adults 50 Years and Older

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School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo, Kitchener, ON N2G 1C5, Canada
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JRL Research & Consulting Inc., Mississauga, ON L5G 0A3, Canada
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Institut National de Sante Publique du Quebec, Laval University, Quebec City, QC G1E 7G9, Canada
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Department of Medicine (Geriatrics), Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 2E1, Canada
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Vaccines 2021, 9(4), 346; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9040346
Received: 2 March 2021 / Revised: 26 March 2021 / Accepted: 26 March 2021 / Published: 5 April 2021
There is considerable overlap in age-related risk factors for influenza and COVID-19. We explored the impact of the pandemic on anticipated influenza and COVID-19 vaccination behaviour in the 2020/2021 season. In May 2020, we conducted online surveys of Canadian adults 50 years and older via a market research panel platform, as part of a series of annual surveys to understand experiences with influenza. Given the current pandemic, respondents were also asked about COVID-19’s impact on their vaccination decision-making for the 2020/2021 season. Of 1001 respondents aged 50–64 years, 470 (47.0%) originally intended on receiving the influenza vaccine and still planned to do so, while 200 (20%) respondents who had planned to abstain now reported willingness to receive the vaccine due to COVID-19. In the 65+ age group, 2525 (72.1%) reported that they had planned to be vaccinated and that COVID-19 had not changed their mind, while 285 individuals (8.1%) reported that they had initially planned to forgo the vaccine but now intended to receive it. Reasons for this change included COVID-19’s demonstration of the devastating potential of viruses; and to protect against influenza, and decrease vulnerability to COVID-19. If the COVID-19 vaccine was available, 69.1% of 50–64 year olds and 79.5% of those 65 years and older reported they would opt to receive it. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a sobering demonstration of the dangers of infectious disease, and the value of vaccines, with implications for influenza and COVID-19 immunization programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: influenza; COVID; older adults; decision-making; survey influenza; COVID; older adults; decision-making; survey
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Waite, N.M.; Pereira, J.A.; Houle, S.K.D.; Gilca, V.; Andrew, M.K. COVID-19’s Impact on Willingness to Be Vaccinated against Influenza and COVID-19 during the 2020/2021 Season: Results from an Online Survey of Canadian Adults 50 Years and Older. Vaccines 2021, 9, 346. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9040346

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Waite NM, Pereira JA, Houle SKD, Gilca V, Andrew MK. COVID-19’s Impact on Willingness to Be Vaccinated against Influenza and COVID-19 during the 2020/2021 Season: Results from an Online Survey of Canadian Adults 50 Years and Older. Vaccines. 2021; 9(4):346. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9040346

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Waite, Nancy M., Jennifer A. Pereira, Sherilyn K.D. Houle, Vladimir Gilca, and Melissa K. Andrew 2021. "COVID-19’s Impact on Willingness to Be Vaccinated against Influenza and COVID-19 during the 2020/2021 Season: Results from an Online Survey of Canadian Adults 50 Years and Older" Vaccines 9, no. 4: 346. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9040346

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