Historic Vaccination Patterns Provide Insights for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
Brief Mar-12-2021 | | 1-min read
Longstanding barriers to vaccine uptake—including fears that vaccines will cause illness or side effects, insurance obstacles, and lack of access to health care providers—will likely affect the success of COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Vaccine hesitancy is particularly pronounced among people of color and others who have faced discrimination inside and outside the health care system. These issues may be exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the vaccine’s novelty, as well as racial and economic tensions across the United States.
Researchers examine historic flu vaccination patterns among adults from the 2016-18 National Health Interview Survey for potential opportunities to make COVID-19 vaccination efforts more equitable for all, including people of color and uninsured populations.
To make COVID-19 vaccine distribution more equitable and build trust among hesitant populations, current vaccination efforts should focus on reaching people who are uninsured, publicly insured or don't have established relationships with health care providers.
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