Key Factors of COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in People Experiencing Homelessness

A study published in BMC Infectious Diseases found that while COVID-19 vaccine acceptance rates have increased among people experiencing homelessness, targeted public health interventions are still needed to further address vaccine uptake in this vulnerable population. Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 29 studies to determine factors associated with vaccine acceptance and uptake. They found that vaccine acceptance was 66%, with men, older adults, and individuals with preexisting conditions more likely to accept the vaccine. Common reasons for vaccine hesitancy included concerns about safety, adverse effects, and effectiveness. Barriers to vaccination included lack of transportation and inconvenient hours at vaccination sites.

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