COLLEGE STUDENT PERSPECTIVES ON COVID-19 VACCINES AND SOURCES OF HEALTH INFORMATION
AuthorNIELSEN, HANNAH LORRAINE
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractSpecific Aims: The goals of the study were to (1) determine from what sources students obtain information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines, (2) identify causes of hesitancies (if any) regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, and (3) identify if demographic related variables are correlated with perceptions of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. Methods: A link to a Qualtrics survey was distributed via flyers in University of Arizona residence halls or via an anonymous link at a Greek Life meeting. The survey was open from March to April 2021. The survey addressed demographic information, COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccine sources, perceived individual and governmental responsibility for disease mitigation, trust in efficacy and safety of the vaccine, and causes for hesitation in the vaccine (if present). Main Results: A total of 123 participants completed the surveys a satisfactory amount (above 60% complete). 91.9% (N=114) were female and 79.8% (N=99) were in the 18-20-year-old range. The survey responses were predominantly from White (86.3%, N=107) respondents. A majority of the population had already received a vaccine (76%, N =92). Of those who did not receive the vaccine yet, 58.6% (N=17) indicated they definitely will receive it. Participants in the 18-20 age group were more likely to indicate Instagram as one of their top five sources for COVID_19 information (X2 = 4.056, p = 0.044). While participants in the 21+ age group were more likely to indicate Twitter as one of their top five sources (X2=6.50, p=0.011). Conclusion: A majority of University of Arizona students surveyed are vaccinated and utilizing social media platforms Twitter and Instagram to receive information on COVID-19. Social marketing for disease and vaccine information should utilize these platforms for reaching more students.
Degree ProgramPharmaceutical Sciences