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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and resistance: Correlates in a nationally representative longitudinal survey of the Australian population.
PLoS One. 2021; 16(3):e0248892.Plos

Abstract

BACKGROUND

High levels of vaccination coverage in populations will be required even with vaccines that have high levels of effectiveness to prevent and stop outbreaks of coronavirus. The World Health Organisation has suggested that governments take a proactive response to vaccine hesitancy 'hotspots' based on social and behavioural insights.

METHODS

Representative longitudinal online survey of over 3000 adults from Australia that examines the demographic, attitudinal, political and social attitudes and COVID-19 health behavior correlates of vaccine hesitance and resistance to a COVID-19 vaccine.

RESULTS

Overall, 59% would definitely get the vaccine, 29% had low levels of hesitancy, 7% had high levels of hesitancy and 6% were resistant. Females, those living in disadvantaged areas, those who reported that risks of COVID-19 was overstated, those who had more populist views and higher levels of religiosity were more likely to be hesitant or resistant while those who had higher levels of household income, those who had higher levels of social distancing, who downloaded the COVID-Safe App, who had more confidence in their state or territory government or confidence in their hospitals, or were more supportive of migration were more likely to intend to get vaccinated.

CONCLUSIONS

Our findings suggest that vaccine hesitancy, which accounts for a significant proportion of the population can be addressed by public health messaging but for a significant minority of the population with strongly held beliefs, alternative policy measures may well be needed to achieve sufficient vaccination coverage to end the pandemic.

Authors+Show Affiliations

ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University, Melbourne, Australia.ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University, Melbourne, Australia.ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University, Melbourne, Australia.ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University, Melbourne, Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

33760836

Citation

Edwards, Ben, et al. "COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Resistance: Correlates in a Nationally Representative Longitudinal Survey of the Australian Population." PloS One, vol. 16, no. 3, 2021, pp. e0248892.
Edwards B, Biddle N, Gray M, et al. COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and resistance: Correlates in a nationally representative longitudinal survey of the Australian population. PLoS One. 2021;16(3):e0248892.
Edwards, B., Biddle, N., Gray, M., & Sollis, K. (2021). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and resistance: Correlates in a nationally representative longitudinal survey of the Australian population. PloS One, 16(3), e0248892. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248892
Edwards B, et al. COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Resistance: Correlates in a Nationally Representative Longitudinal Survey of the Australian Population. PLoS One. 2021;16(3):e0248892. PubMed PMID: 33760836.
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TY - JOUR T1 - COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and resistance: Correlates in a nationally representative longitudinal survey of the Australian population. AU - Edwards,Ben, AU - Biddle,Nicholas, AU - Gray,Matthew, AU - Sollis,Kate, Y1 - 2021/03/24/ PY - 2020/11/25/received PY - 2021/03/05/accepted PY - 2021/3/24/entrez PY - 2021/3/25/pubmed PY - 2021/4/22/medline SP - e0248892 EP - e0248892 JF - PloS one JO - PLoS One VL - 16 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND: High levels of vaccination coverage in populations will be required even with vaccines that have high levels of effectiveness to prevent and stop outbreaks of coronavirus. The World Health Organisation has suggested that governments take a proactive response to vaccine hesitancy 'hotspots' based on social and behavioural insights. METHODS: Representative longitudinal online survey of over 3000 adults from Australia that examines the demographic, attitudinal, political and social attitudes and COVID-19 health behavior correlates of vaccine hesitance and resistance to a COVID-19 vaccine. RESULTS: Overall, 59% would definitely get the vaccine, 29% had low levels of hesitancy, 7% had high levels of hesitancy and 6% were resistant. Females, those living in disadvantaged areas, those who reported that risks of COVID-19 was overstated, those who had more populist views and higher levels of religiosity were more likely to be hesitant or resistant while those who had higher levels of household income, those who had higher levels of social distancing, who downloaded the COVID-Safe App, who had more confidence in their state or territory government or confidence in their hospitals, or were more supportive of migration were more likely to intend to get vaccinated. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that vaccine hesitancy, which accounts for a significant proportion of the population can be addressed by public health messaging but for a significant minority of the population with strongly held beliefs, alternative policy measures may well be needed to achieve sufficient vaccination coverage to end the pandemic. SN - 1932-6203 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/33760836/COVID_19_vaccine_hesitancy_and_resistance:_Correlates_in_a_nationally_representative_longitudinal_survey_of_the_Australian_population_ L2 - https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248892 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -