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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in diverse groups in the UK — is the driver economic or cultural in student populations

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Title: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in diverse groups in the UK — is the driver economic or cultural in student populations
Authors: Drobniewski, F
Kusuma, D
Broda, A
Castro-Sánchez, E
Ahmad, R
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Studies have identified a greater reluctance for members of the Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 despite a higher probability of greater harm from COVID-19. We conducted an anonymised questionnaire-based study of students (recruiting primarily before first reports of embolic events) at two London universities to identify whether economic or educational levels were primarily responsible for this reluctance: a postgraduate core group (PGCC) n = 860, and a pilot study of undergraduate medical and nursing students (n = 103). Asian and Black students were 2.0 and 3.2 times (PGCC) less likely to accept the COVID vaccine than White British students. Similar findings were noted in the pilot study students. As the students were studying for Master’s or PhD degrees and voluntarily paying high fees, educational and economic reasons were unlikely to be the underlying cause, and wider cultural reservations were more likely. Politicians exerted a strong negative influence, suggesting that campaigns should omit politicians.
Issue Date: 24-Mar-2022
Date of Acceptance: 18-Mar-2022
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/96077
DOI: 10.3390/vaccines10040501
ISSN: 2076-393X
Publisher: MDPI AG
Start Page: 501
End Page: 501
Journal / Book Title: Vaccines
Volume: 10
Issue: 4
Copyright Statement: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/).
Publication Status: Published online
Open Access location: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-393X/10/4/501/htm
Online Publication Date: 2022-03-24
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