Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: United States Facing Steeper Uphill Struggle Than United Kingdom   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Background: "Achieving a high overall vaccination rate is crucial for overcoming the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic (Randolph & Barreiro, 2020). To prevent widening health disparities, it is also important to increase vaccination rates among the diverse populations that are most gravely affected by the pandemic. [...] This policy brief analyzes data collected shortly before vaccines were formally approved. Our findings on vaccine willingness and trends around race and gender are broadly in line with findings of other surveys conducted after the approval of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States (Kim, 2021; Savoia et al., 2021; Social Experts Action Network, 2021) and the United Kingdom (Office for National Statistics, 2021; Sonawane, Troisi, & Deshmukh, 2021; University of Oxford, 2021). However, our study provides more detailed insights into the socioeconomic factors and information seeking behaviors associated with the willingness to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It also examines in more depth the challenges faced by government, health experts, and media, to communicate reliable information about the pandemic, and suggests strategies to overcome them."

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Quello Center Policy Brief 01/21
Michigan State University Quello Center for Media and Information Policy
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James H. and Mary B. Quello Center: https://quello.msu.edu/
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