Understanding and Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

Denise GillinHuman Resources, Insurance, News

White Paper By CVS Health

  • Troy Brennan, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health
  • Sree Chaguturu, MD, Senior Vice President, CVS Health and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark
  • Garth Graham, MD, Vice President, Chief Community Health Officer, Aetna

The white paper states, “For the Country to achieve significant control of COVID-19, widespread adoption of safe and efficacious vaccines across all communities and populations will be critical.” Demographic insights are listed below. Other key survey results and the need for a multi-pronged approach to addressing specific concerns are covered. Read the white paper here.

Demographic Insights:

  • Men are more likely to be vaccinated than women.
  • College-educated participants are more likely to be vaccinated.
  • Higher-income participants are most likely to be vaccinated. Lower-income participants are least likely to seek the vaccine right away and most likely to not get it at all.
  • Urban dwellers are most likely to be vaccinated; rural dwellers are least likely.
  • Participants in the Midwest and West are most enthusiastic about the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Participants over 55 are more likely to consider or seek COVID-19 vaccination than younger participants.
  • Participants managing a chronic condition and those who are immuno-compromised are significantly more likely to seek the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Participants who have been tested for the virus are more likely to seek the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Republicans and Independents who lean Republican are more likely to be uncertain or decline to be vaccinated.


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