Most highly educated Americans are the most likely to be vaccine hesitant

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“When it comes to who’s hesitant to take a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s the most highly educated Americans who “probably” or “definitely” aren’t planning on getting it, a new study found.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh said, ““It finds that the association between hesitancy and education level follows a U-shaped curve with the highest hesitancy among those least and most educated. People [with] a master’s degree had the least hesitancy, and the highest hesitancy was among those holding a Ph.D.”

The researchers’ findings correlate with a 2009 study in BMC Pediatrics that found that parents who refused vaccines for their children “reside in well-educated, higher-income areas than non-refusers.”


Summit News August 11, 2021

BMC Pediatrics March 5, 2009


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