COVID-19 vaccine confidence and reasons for vaccination among health care workers and household members

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Background: The majority of healthcare workers (HCW) in the US report being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, yet little is known about vaccine decision-making for their household members, including children. Methods: Cross-sectional survey July–August 2021 of HCW and their household members in Minnesota. Results: 94 % of eligible participants were vaccinated with the most common reasons being wanting to protect oneself, family and loved ones. Safety concerns were the most commonly reported reasons for not being vaccinated; a significantly higher proportion of unvaccinated compared to vaccinated HCW (58 % vs 12 %, p = 0.0035) and household adults (25 % vs 5 %, p = 0.03) reported prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. Nearly half of unvaccinated adults and two-thirds of unvaccinated children would be vaccinated if a vaccine mandate were in place. Conclusions: Despite high COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among HCWs, more research is required to identify and address the needs and concerns of healthcare workers who decline COVID-19 vaccination despite availability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5856-5859
Number of pages4
Issue number41
StatePublished - Sep 29 2022

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Funding Information:
The authors declare the following financial interests/personal relationships which may be considered as potential competing interests: All authors reports financial support was provided by Minnesota Department of Health. All authors reports financial support was provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Funding Information:
This study was supported by funding from the Minnesota Department of Health Contract Number 195801, the University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research, and by the Minnesota Population Center (funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Population Research Infrastructure Program P2C HD041023). This project was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1,282,154 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government. We are also profoundly grateful for the study participants who have donated valuable time to advance our understanding about SARS-CoV-2 in healthcare workers.

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  • COVID-19
  • Healthcare worker
  • Motivation
  • Vaccination


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