Special Issue "The Willingness toward Vaccination: A Focus on Non-mandatory Vaccinations"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 13524
Interests: epidemiology; vaccines; survey research; perceptions on public health; social studies; panel analysis; machine learning
Interests: epidemiology; vaccines; machine learning; clinical decision support systems; health services research
Interests: vaccination; vaccines; vaccine hesitancy; vaccine outreach; vaccine communication; paediatric vaccination; adolescent vaccination; adult vaccination; elderly vaccination
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In loving memory of Dr. Elisa Maietti, our first-invited editor for this Special Issue. She was a cherished colleague, exceptional statistician, and devoted researcher who played a crucial role in shaping this article. Her intellect, passion, and steadfast dedication to scientific rigor have left a lasting impression on our work and approach to science. We are deeply grateful for her contributions and honored to have had the opportunity to collaborate with her. Dr. Maietti’s presence will be profoundly missed in our academic community, but her spirit will live on through her enduring impact on the field. To honor her memory, we have chosen to list her as the first-invited editor here. Rest in peace, Elisa.
The decision to receive non-mandatory vaccinations is left to the choice of the individual. Even if they are offered free of charge, these vaccinations can be overlooked by the general population, whose judgment is heavily influenced not only by individual characteristics, but also by numerous reasonable and unreasonable external factors.
When governments do not coerce citizens to get vaccinated, the full effect of vaccine hesitancy can be observed, eventually bringing the level of herd immunity to zero.
To further explore the topic of willingness to get vaccinated, as well as vaccine hesitancy, in this Special Issue, we would like to encourage the submission of articles that explore how external and internal factors can influence the decision-making process of every individual in one way or another.
Whether the COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on willingness toward other vaccinations, especially non-mandatory ones such as influenza and HPV vaccines, is still debated, and therefore, papers that compare the actual vaccination rate or intentions with historic, pre-COVID-19 data for a particular non-mandatory vaccine are welcomed.
Dr. Angelo Capodici
Dr. Francesco Sanmarchi
Dr. Claudio Costantino
Dr. Nicole Bonaccorso
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- risk factors
- herd immunity
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Title: Promoting COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence: A Qualitative Analysis of Lessons Learned from Stakeholders in Neurodivergent Communities
Authors: Laila Khorasani1,#,*, Asal Bastani1,#, Tammy Shen1, Gurlovellen Kaur1, Nilpa Shah1, Lucia Juarez2, Michelle Heyman1, Julie Grassian1, An-Chuen Billy Cho1, and Emily Hotez1
Affiliation: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA Department of Social Welfare
Abstract: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is a major barrier towards vaccination, hindering the success of vaccination efforts and thereby increasing public risk to COVID-19. Neurodivergent (ND) communities demonstrate heightened risk of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19, spotlighting the need for further research specifically on ND populations and COVID-19 vaccines. To identify the factors behind vaccine hesitancy in ND communities, we conducted a qualitative analysis using in-depth interviews with medical professionals (n=6), health professionals and communicators (n=5), and ND individuals or their caregivers (n=5). Using a thematic coding analysis methodology, trained coders identified major themes according to 24 distinct codes spanning across categories of: 1) barriers to vaccination; 2) facilitators to vaccination; 3) recommendations for improving vaccine confidence; and 4) recommendations for healthcare providers. Qualitative findings identify misinformation, perception of vaccine risk, sensory sensitivities, and structural hardships as the most significant barriers to vaccination. We highlight the importance of accommodations to vaccination for the ND community alongside coordinated efforts by healthcare leaders to direct their communities to accurate sources of medical information. This work will inform the direction of future research on vaccine hesitancy and the development of programs specific to the ND community’s access to vaccines.