U of S study reveals factors behind vaccine resistance in Saskatchewan – .

U of S study reveals factors behind vaccine resistance in Saskatchewan – .

The study shows that 76% expressed their desire to be vaccinated against COVID-19, while 11% said they would refuse the vaccination.

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Even though the vaccine rollout in Saskatchewan began nearly nine months ago, Dr Nazeem Muhajarine believes a vaccine resistance study will help the next phase for children under 12.

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Muhajarine and a team of researchers from the University of Saskatchewan followed the reluctance and rejection of the COVID-19 vaccine for nearly a year, starting in the spring of 2020.

The study found that less than a quarter of respondents expressed hesitation or opposition to vaccination, and factors that contributed to this resistance included lower education levels, financial insecurity and Aboriginal status. .

Muhajarine said in an interview Monday that the results remain relevant, even though much of the work was done before the Saskatchewan vaccination rollout began in March.

“I think the results still stand,” he said of the study released on Friday. “The essential discoveries about who hesitates, who refuses, still stand today. “

The study collected online responses on attitudes toward the COVID-19 vaccination from 9,252 Saskatchewan adults, some of whom belonged to an online group and others volunteered, between May 4 2020 and April 3, 2021.

The researchers analyzed the responses to determine which factors were responsible for the resistance to the vaccine. Most of those surveyed, 76 percent, expressed a desire to be vaccinated.

Thirteen percent said they had not yet decided to be vaccinated, while 11 percent said they would not be vaccinated. Researchers found a lack of concern about the pandemic among those 24%.

The 11% who said they did not intend to be vaccinated were also found to be less likely to wear masks or maintain a distance to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Women and newcomers to Canada were also determined to be more likely to be hesitant about vaccines, according to the study. Muhajarine attributed the reluctance of the women to the misinformation that spread during the early stages of the vaccine rollout.

“They’re not that surprising; they’re also very consistent with other health outcomes, ”Muhajarine said of the study’s results.

About 80 percent of people over the age of 11 in Saskatchewan who are eligible for vaccination received both doses for a full vaccination. Muhajarine noted that some areas of the province are lagging behind others, meaning more effort is needed to direct information to certain groups and locations.

Saskatchewan also sits near the bottom of immunization rates in Canada, well behind the national immunization rate.

Muhajarine said more effort is needed to reach people who are reluctant to get vaccinated as opposed to those determined to refuse the vaccination.

“For these people, we need to do more,” he said. “We have to be very focused now, very focused. (Respond) to any concerns they have about getting the vaccine. “

Muhajarine suggested that more information is still needed on the effectiveness of vaccines and the sometimes dire circumstances for those who are not yet immunized.

The next phase of vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 could begin in a few weeks, pending approval from Health Canada. Saskatchewan has already started planning for this phase.

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It could prove difficult, even for parents who believe in vaccines, Muhajarine said.

“There are going to be parents who will get vaccinated themselves, but who will hesitate, who will think twice before having their children vaccinated. “

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