COVID-19 Vaccine Intentions and Mistrust in a National Sample of Black Americans

Published in: Journal of the National Medical Association (2021). doi: 10.1016/j.jnma.2021.05.011

Posted on RAND.org on July 02, 2021

by Laura M. Bogart, Lu Dong, Priya Gandhi, David J. Klein, Terry L. Smith, Samantha Ryan, Bisola O. Ojikutu

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High mistrust among Black Americans around COVID-19 vaccines may lower vaccine confidence. Social network members' attitudes can be influential in encouraging vaccination. Public health communications could use transparent and clear messaging on safety and efficacy, and acknowledge historical and ongoing discrimination and racism as understandable reasons for low confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.

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