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Tracking Vaccine Hesitancy Early On



UCLA CTSI News Archive

UCLA Health

Peter Szilagyi, M.D., M.P.H.

During 2020, a research team which included Dr. Peter Szilagyi—a UCLA pediatrician and CTSI leader of the Integrating Special Populations Program—worked on a study that highlighted the US public’s likelihood of getting a COVID-19 vaccine declined between April to December of 2020.

The nationally representative survey reported the likelihood of getting a COVID-19 vaccine declined from 74% in early April to 56% in early December 2020, despite the early November press releases of high vaccine efficacy for 2 vaccines in phase 3 trials (although prior to Emergency Use Authorization).

Among the team’s findings, they emphasized the low likelihood of Black individuals and those with lower educational backgrounds getting a COVID-19 vaccine. This is especially concerning given the groups’ disproportionately higher burden from COVID-19 disease. Ultimately, the study concludes educational campaigns are critical to help raise the public’s willingness to consider COVID-19 vaccination.