Vaccine hesitancy among working-age adults with/without disability in the UK

E. Emerson, V. Totsika, Z. Aitken, T. King, R. P. Hastings, C. Hatton, R. J. Stancliffe, G. Llewellyn, A. Kavanagh

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Objectives: To estimate levels of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among working-age adults with disabilities in the United Kingdom. Study design: Cross-sectional survey. Methods: Secondary analysis of data collected on a nationally representative sample of 10,114 respondents aged 16–64 years. Results: The adjusted relative risk for hesitancy among respondents with a disability was 0.92 (95% CI 0.67–1.27). There were stronger associations between gender and hesitancy and ethnic status and hesitancy among participants with a disability. The most common reasons cited by people with disabilities who were hesitant were: concern about the future effects of the vaccine, not trusting vaccines and concern about the side effects of vaccination. Conclusions: The higher rates of vaccine hesitancy among women with disabilities and among people from minority ethnic groups with disabilities are concerning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-108
Number of pages3
JournalPublic Health
StatePublished - Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research was supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grant APP1116385 .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Royal Society for Public Health


  • COVID-19
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Vaccine hesitancy


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