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Factors Associated with COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Korea

Authors
  • Kweon, Sun-Seog1, 1
  • Yun, Il1
  • Choi, Changkyun1
  • Ryu, So-Yeon1, 1
  • Cho, Jun Hwi1
  • Shin, Min-Ho1
  • 1 .
Type
Published Article
Journal
Chonnam Medical Journal
Publisher
Chonnam National University Medical School
Publication Date
Jan 25, 2022
Volume
58
Issue
1
Pages
43–47
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4068/cmj.2022.58.1.43
PMID: 35169559
PMCID: PMC8813654
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Original Article
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Abstract

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy will likely increase in the unvaccinated general population because of several vaccine safety issues that arose during priority vaccination. To investigate the potential rate of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the unvaccinated population and evaluate factors that affect the attitude towards vaccine acceptance, a cross-sectional survey was performed. A telephone survey was conducted in 1,357 people older than 18 years; 99 were excluded from the analysis because they had already been vaccinated (n=58) or hesitated (n=41) after an official call. The COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy rate was 21.9% and was highest among those aged under 30 years (33.4%) and lowest among those aged 65 years and over (8.7%). Age, occupation, and perceived confidence in vaccine safety and efficacy were associated with vaccine hesitancy. These findings suggest that public health authorities should strengthen the spread of correct information, especially in the younger population, to increase vaccination rates.

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