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National prevalence and socioeconomic factors associated with the acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines in South Korea: a large-scale representative study in 2021

Authors
 H Yang  ;  M S Kim  ;  S Y Rhee  ;  J Lee  ;  W Cho  ;  C Min  ;  S W Lee  ;  J I Shin  ;  J Oh  ;  Y Choi  ;  J H Lee  ;  H Kim  ;  M Rahmati  ;  S G Yeo  ;  D K Yon 
Citation
 EUROPEAN REVIEW FOR MEDICAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Vol.27(18) : 8943-8951, 2023-09 
Journal Title
EUROPEAN REVIEW FOR MEDICAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL SCIENCES
ISSN
 1128-3602 
Issue Date
2023-09
MeSH
Aged ; COVID-19 Vaccines ; COVID-19* / epidemiology ; COVID-19* / prevention & control ; Diabetes Mellitus* ; Female ; Humans ; Hypertension* ; Influenza, Human* ; Obesity ; Pandemics ; Prevalence ; Republic of Korea / epidemiology ; Socioeconomic Factors ; Vaccination
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Among the global efforts toward preventing the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are a pivotal factor in ending the pandem-ic. Thus, through a large-scale population-based study, we investigated the individual-, social-, and family-associated factors affecting the acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines in South Korea. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were ob-tained from a nationwide representative study (Korea Community Health) conducted in 2021. To determine the individual-, social-, and fam-ily-associated variables for COVID-19 vacci-nation acceptance, we investigated data from 225,319 individuals. RESULTS: In the total sample (n=225,319), 184,529 COVID-19-vaccinated people and 40,790 non-vaccinated people were evaluated. The fac-tors related to the acceptance of COVID-19 vac-cination were significantly associated with the demographic factors, namely, older age group, female sex, and a history of influenza vaccina-tion, as well as medical conditions such as dia-betes, hypertension, and depression. Socioeco-nomic conditions influencing the acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination were significantly asso-ciated with low-income families and blue-collar workers. Health-related risk factors were high in the obese group. However, a noteworthy nega-tive association was found between the accep-tance of vaccination and smoking habits and al-cohol consumption. Conversely, a positive as-sociation was observed between academic lev-el and vaccination acceptance. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that old age, female sex, a history of influ-enza vaccination, medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and depression, low-income families, blue-collar workers, and health-related risk factors, such as obesi-ty, were associated with the acceptance ofCOVID-19 vaccination. Additionally, a high ac-ademic level, absence of smoking habits, and non-current alcohol use were positively asso-ciated with vaccine acceptance.
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DOI
10.26355/eurrev_202309_33815
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Pediatrics (소아과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Shin, Jae Il(신재일) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2326-1820
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/197893
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