CP33 - COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Among Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Employees
Poster Type: Research
Track/Topic: Public Health Crises; Workforce
Research Objectives: The objectives of the cross-sectional online survey are to (1) understand what influences COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy amongst FQHC employees, (2) explore associations between vaccine hesitancy, demographic variables, and patient-facing employment; and (3) improve COVID-19 vaccine confidence among FQHC employees.
Research Study Design/Methods: Using self-reported data from a cross-sectional online survey, 462 FQHC employees completed questions on demographics, FQHC employment, COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, and vaccine hesitancy influence(s). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy was defined as answering, “No,” or “Unsure,” on willingness to be vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccine confidence was defined as willingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or already being vaccinated. Descriptive statistics and a contingency analysis using Fisher’s Exact Test and unadjusted Odds Ratios were used to determine the association between COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and gender, age, race, educational attainment, or being employed in a patient-facing role.
Research Principal Findings and Quantitative/Qualitative Results: Female employees were more likely to be vaccine hesitant than males [OR=3.09; 95% CI: 1.75-5.66, p35-years old were more likely to be vaccine hesitant than employees =35-years old [OR=2.89; 95% CI: 1.91-4.40, p0.0001]. Blacks were more likely to be vaccine hesitant than Whites [OR=3.04; 95% CI: 1.70-5.60, pxtagstartz0.0001]. Non-patient-facing employees were more likely to be vaccine hesitant than patient-facing employees [OR=1.74; 95% CI: 1.15-2.64, p=0.008]. Educational level had the largest effect size.