COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in care home staff: A survey of Liverpool care homes

John S.P. Tulloch, Karen Lawrenson, Adam L. Gordon, Sam Ghebrehewet, Matthew Ashton, Steve Peddie, Paula Parvulescu*

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Abstract

Uptake of COVID-19 vaccine first doses in UK care homes has been higher among residents compared to staff. We aimed to identify causes of lower COVID-19 vaccine uptake amongst care home staff within Liverpool. An anonymised online survey was distributed to all care home managers, between the 21st and the 29th January 2021. 53 % of 87 care homes responded. The overall COVID-19 vaccination rate was 52.6 % (n = 1119). Reasons, identified by care home managers for staff being unvaccinated included: concerns about lack of vaccine research (37.0 %), staff being off-site during vaccination sessions (36.5 %), pregnancy and fertility concerns (5.6 %), and allergic reactions concerns (3.2 %). Care home managers wanted to tackle vaccine hesitancy through conversations with health professionals, and provision of evidence dispelling vaccine misinformation. Vaccine hesitancy and logistical issues were the main causes for reduced vaccine uptake among care home staff. The former could be addressed by targeted training, and public health communication campaigns to build confidence and acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1290-1294
Number of pages5
JournalVaccine
Volume41
Issue number7
Early online date9 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.

Open Access: Free to read, no Open Access licence.

Publisher Copyright: © 2023 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Citation: John S.P. Tulloch, Karen Lawrenson, Adam L Gordon, Sam Ghebrehewet, Matthew Ashton, Steve Peddie, Paula Parvulescu, COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in care home staff: A survey of Liverpool care homes, Vaccine, Volume 41, Issue 7,
2023, Pages 1290-1294, ISSN 0264-410X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.01.009.
(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X23000099)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.01.009.

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Care homes
  • UK
  • Vaccine hesitancy

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