Title

Mixed Methods Exploration of COVID-19 Vaccination Status vs. Influenza Vaccine Uptake

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Event Website

https://source2022.sched.com/

Start Date

19-5-2022

End Date

19-5-2022

Keywords

Vaccination, Infectious Disease, COVID-19, academic service learning

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines continue to raise vaccine-related concerns among adults in the United States and around the world. Vaccine hesitancy has increased in recent years, and prior to COVID-19, the majority of research on vaccine hesitancy in adults focused on beliefs, attitudes, and acceptance of annual influenza vaccinations. Fear of, and/or refusal to receive, an influenza vaccine has been more prevalent in certain segments of the population and across several demographic characteristics, even outside of the formal anti-vaccine groups. Individuals who have previously received an influenza vaccine as an adult are far more likely to receive future influenza vaccines. Many of the same indicators have been observed in those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, including people of color and those living in rural areas. I'll use a mixed methods approach to see if there's a link between COVID-19 vaccination status and typical influenza vaccine uptake in people aged 20 to 45 in a rural county. For the quantitative portion, I used data from the Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Survey; preliminary results from a chi-square analysis showed that there is a statistically significant relationship between these two variables. Preliminary findings from interviews asking about typical influenza vaccine uptake corroborate these findings. These findings suggest that more targeted education and outreach for general vaccine-related concerns, as well as a better understanding of vaccine attitudes and beliefs, are warranted.

SOURCE 2022 Graduate Scholar of the Year award winner.

College of Education and Professional Studies Presentation Award Winner.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Amie Wojtyna, Katarina Mucha, Tishra Beeson

Department/Program

Public Health

Additional Mentoring Department

Public Health

Additional Mentoring Department

Graduate Studies

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Mixed Methods Exploration of COVID-19 Vaccination Status vs. Influenza Vaccine Uptake

The COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines continue to raise vaccine-related concerns among adults in the United States and around the world. Vaccine hesitancy has increased in recent years, and prior to COVID-19, the majority of research on vaccine hesitancy in adults focused on beliefs, attitudes, and acceptance of annual influenza vaccinations. Fear of, and/or refusal to receive, an influenza vaccine has been more prevalent in certain segments of the population and across several demographic characteristics, even outside of the formal anti-vaccine groups. Individuals who have previously received an influenza vaccine as an adult are far more likely to receive future influenza vaccines. Many of the same indicators have been observed in those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, including people of color and those living in rural areas. I'll use a mixed methods approach to see if there's a link between COVID-19 vaccination status and typical influenza vaccine uptake in people aged 20 to 45 in a rural county. For the quantitative portion, I used data from the Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Survey; preliminary results from a chi-square analysis showed that there is a statistically significant relationship between these two variables. Preliminary findings from interviews asking about typical influenza vaccine uptake corroborate these findings. These findings suggest that more targeted education and outreach for general vaccine-related concerns, as well as a better understanding of vaccine attitudes and beliefs, are warranted.

SOURCE 2022 Graduate Scholar of the Year award winner.

College of Education and Professional Studies Presentation Award Winner.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2022/CEPS/11