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Learning from maternal voices on COVID-19 vaccine uptake: Perspectives from pregnant women living in the Midwest on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine

Redmond, M.L.; Mayes, P.; Morris, K.; Ramaswamy, M.; Ault, K.A.; Smith, S.A.

Journal of Community Psychology 50(6): 2630-2643


ISSN/ISBN: 1520-6629
PMID: 35419848
Accession: 079841165

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The aim of this study was to understand COVID-19 vaccine perceptions and decision-making among a racially/ethnically diverse population of pregnant and lactating women in the Midwest. Pregnant female participants (N = 27) at least 18 years. or older living in the Midwest were recruited to participate in a maternal voices survey. A mix-methods approach was used to capture the perceptions of maternal voices concerning the COVID-19 vaccine. Participants completed an online survey on COVID-19 disease burden, vaccine knowledge, and readiness for uptake. A total of 27 participants completed the Birth Equity Network Maternal Voices survey. Most participants were African American (64%). Sixty-three percent intend to get the vaccine. Only 25% felt at-risk for contracting COVID-19, and 74% plan to consult their provider about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. At least 66% had some concerns about the safety of the vaccine. Participants indicated a willingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, especially if recommended by their provider. We found little racial/ethnic differences in perceptions of COVID-19 and low vaccine hesitancy.

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