Vaccine mistrust predicts vaccine refusal among Black Americans

A new analysis of the nationally representative American Life Panel, collected by RAND and published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, finds that about one-third of Black respondents do not plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19. This intent is driven chiefly by mistrust in the vaccine, concerns about side effects, and uncertainty about its efficacy. The survey also finds that mistrust is a multifaceted concept, and mistrust in the vaccine itself and in the government to provide truthful information are each related to vaccine intentions. The authors conclude that acknowledging systemic racism and Black Americans’ legitimate medical mistrust can open communication, while authentic community collaborations can support longer-term progress. #covid-19 #racialequity #vaccination

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