Vaccine hesitancy more likely in young people, women and some ethnic groups

A study led by the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit's Vittal Katikireddi found young people, women and some ethnic groups are less likely to take up a COVID-19 vaccine when offered.

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The study found that black or black British were the ethnic group with the highest rate of vaccine hesitancy, with 71.8% of the people surveyed in that group reporting that they wouldn’t have a vaccination.

Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups were the next most vaccine hesitant ethnic group, with 42.3% reporting they wouldn’t take-up vaccination when offered. The main reasons for vaccine hesitancy were concerns over future unknown effects of a vaccine. The findings are published in the journal Brain Behaviour and Immunity and were based on data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study.

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First published: 14 March 2018

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