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High parental vaccine motivation at a neighborhood-based vaccine and testing site serving a predominantly Latinx community

By Jamie Naso, Susy Rojas, James Peng, Carina Marquez, Maria Contreras, Edgar Castellanos, Susana Rojas, Luis Rubio, Diane Jones, Jon Jacobo, Douglas Black, Valerie Tulier-Laiwa, Jacqueline Martinez, Gabriel Chamie, Genay Pilarowski, Joseph Derisi, Diane Havlir, Maya Petersen

Posted 03 Aug 2021
medRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.07.30.21261274

Purpose. To understand vaccine attitudes of Latinx parents highly impacted by COVID-19. Methods. In April 2021, we surveyed parents about their attitudes for COVID-19 vaccination of their children at a community-based outdoor testing/vaccination site serving predominantly low-income, Latinx persons in San Francisco. Results. Among 1,033 parents (75% Latinx), 92% would 'definitely' or 'probably' vaccinate their children. Vaccine hesitancy was higher for younger children; concerns included side effects and impacts on fertility. Doctors and community organizations were noted as trusted sources of information, including among vaccine-hesitant parents. Conclusion. Latinx parents accessing neighborhood-based COVID-19 testing/vaccination services are highly motivated to vaccinate their children for COVID-19.

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