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MedPage Today: What Drives COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Among Moms?

Mothers are particularly hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine for themselves and their children, according to the latest data. For instance, one in three younger mothers say they are “extremely unlikely” to vaccinate their children, according to the COVID States Project, a nationwide survey that also found higher rates of “vaccine resistance” among mothers. Behavioral scientist Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, associate professor of nursing and healthy policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, said hesitancy among mothers could center on unfounded fears that the vaccine might affect their fertility, or their daughters’ fertility. Also, younger mothers tend to do more research about health and healthcare, and could potentially be more exposed to “anti-vaccine or vaccine-concerned content.” Mothers may also be more inclined to turn to their social networks for information, Buttenheim said, noting that those conversations “may be very efficient spreaders of good information or bad information.” Read more at MedPage Today.