Pregnant women who were reluctant said they had concerns about exposing their baby to possible harmful side effects, the vaccine being rushed for political reasons and lack of safety and data
There is substantial geographic variation in the acceptance of the coronavirus vaccination among pregnant women and mothers of children younger than 18 years of age, according to researchers. They found that globally, vaccine acceptance was lowest in the US, Russia and Australia.
Vaccine acceptance was highest in India, the Philippines and all sampled countries in Latin America. Overall, 52% of pregnant women and 73% of non-pregnant women said they would receive such a vaccine, and 69% of all women surveyed said they would vaccinate their children.
The strongest predictors of Covid-19 vaccine acceptance were confidence in vaccine safety and efficacy, belief in the importance of vaccines/mass vaccination to their own country, confidence in routine childhood vaccines, worried about coronavirus, the trust of public health agencies/health science as well as compliance to mask guidelines.
“Our study confirmed that Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy is multifaceted. The perceived threat of Covid-19, level of trust in public health agencies, and existing pre-coronavirus vaccine attitudes play key roles in shaping vaccine acceptance and confidence. Vaccination campaigns should be tailored to alleviate these specific concerns,” suggests Julia Wu, senior author of the paper from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
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Coronavirus vaccines are being distributed around the world, but until now researchers have had little data about global vaccine acceptance. To assess pregnant women and mothers’ stances on whether to vaccinate themselves and their children, the team conducted an online survey administered by the Pregistry website between late October and mid-November 2020.
“The Covid-19 vaccine trials generated very limited data on safety and efficacy for pregnant women and children. Since mothers are often key decision-makers for whether their children will receive vaccinations, it is important to measure vaccine confidence among mothers of young children and to investigate the predictors for their vaccine acceptance or reluctance, in order to prepare for Covid-19 vaccination efforts,” explains the study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology.
Almost 18,000 women in 16 countries responded to questions about a hypothetical safe and free Covid-19 vaccine with 90% efficacy. Results suggest that coronavirus vaccine acceptance and its predictors among pregnant women and mothers of young children vary globally.
Among pregnant women, 52% (2,747) intended to receive Covid-19 vaccination during their pregnancy if an efficacy of 90% was achieved.. Brinkwire Brief News.