Decoding vaccine hesitancy

Suellen Hopfer discusses local attitudes to the COVID-19 vaccine

May 24, 2021

On this episode of the UCI Podcast, Suellen Hopfer, assistant professor of public health, discusses the five main reasons people express hesitancy over receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Steve Zylius/UCI

Concerned about the safety. Complacent about the risks. Unable to find the time.

Different people give different reasons for hesitating to get a vaccine — whether for COVID-19 or another disease. But for the coronavirus pandemic to end and social life to fully resume, a vast majority of people need to roll up their sleeves and get the shot. 

In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Suellen Hopfer, an assistant professor of public health at UCI, rebuts the five most common reasons for vaccine hesitancy, and discusses what her surveys of Orange County parents and students reveal about local attitudes to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Read the full transcript here.