Motivations for adolescent COVID-19 aaccination

  • Given the crucial role of vaccination in halting the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative to understand the factors that motivate adolescents to get vaccinated. We surveyed adolescents and their accompanying guardians scheduled to receive a COVID-19 vaccination (Comirnaty) in an urban region in Germany in mid-2021 regarding their motivation for getting vaccinated and collected data on their sociodemographic characteristics, medical history, vaccination status, and any history of COVID-19 infection in the family. We also queried information strategies related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Motivations for getting vaccinated were similar among adolescents and their parents. The primary reasons for vaccination were protection against SARS-CoV-2-related illness and gaining access to leisure facilities. This was not influenced by gender, health status, migration background, or the presence of chronic or acute diseases. The percentage of parents who had received SARS-CoV-2 immunization and the proportion of parents with a high level of education were higher among study participants than in the general population. Adolescents were especially willing to be vaccinated if they came from a better educational environment and had a high vaccination rate in the family. Emphasizing the importance of vaccination among all segments of the population and removing barriers to vaccines may lead to an ameliorated acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Author:Friedrich Tobias Ingo RothoeftORCiDGND, Folke BrinkmannORCiDGND, Christoph MaierORCiDGND, Dominik SelzerGND, Christiane DingsGND, Anna KühnGND, Eva MöhlerORCiDGND, Hanna GroteGND, Alexandra NonnenmacherGND, Markus WenningGND, Michael ZemlinORCiDGND, Ulf RichterGND, Thorsten LehrORCiDGND, Thomas LückeGND
Parent Title (English):Children
Subtitle (English):A comparative study of adolescent and caregiver perspectives in Germany
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2024/03/11
Date of first Publication:2023/12/06
Publishing Institution:Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsbibliothek
Tag:Open Access Fonds
adolescents; public health; vaccine hesitancy
Issue:12, Artikel 1890
First Page:1890-1
Last Page:1890-16
Article Processing Charge funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Open Access Publication Fund of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Institutes/Facilities:St. Josef-Hospital Bochum, Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / Medizin, Gesundheit
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY 4.0 - Attribution 4.0 International