COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: The Role of Information Sources. By: Bhagianadh, Divya; Arora, Kanika. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Jan2022, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p4-11. 8p.

Despite high enthusiasm surrounding the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, some older adults continue to remain hesitant about its receipt. There is limited evidence on vaccine hesitancy among community-dwelling older adults. In this study, we examine the prevalence and predictors (particularly the role played by information sources) of vaccine hesitancy in this group. We use the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey and employ multivariable logistic regression models to explore this. Relative to those relying on regular news, those depending on health care providers (HCPs), social media, other internet/webpages, and family/friends as the main information source on COVID-19 expressed higher negative vaccine intent. The high negative intent with HCPs as the main information source should be interpreted with caution. This could be reflective of the timing of the survey and changing attitude toward the vaccine among HCPs themselves.