Associations between COVID-19 vaccination and behavioural intention to receive seasonal influenza vaccination among Chinese older adults: A population-based random telephone survey

Xue LIANG, Jiming LI, Yuan FANG, Qingpeng ZHANG, Martin C. S. WONG, Fuk-Yuen YU, Danhua YE, Paul Shing-Fong CHAN, Joseph KAWUKI, Siyu CHEN, Phoenix K. H. MO, Zixin WANG

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Abstract

During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, seasonal influenza remained a significant health threat for older adults. Seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) is highly effective and safe for older adults. This study investigated the associations of COVID-19 vaccination, perceptions related to COVID-19 and SIV, with the behavioural intention to receive SIV among older adults in Hong Kong, China. A random telephone survey was conducted among 440 community-dwelling Hong Kong residents aged 65 years or above, between November 2021 and January 2022. Among the participants, 55.7% intended to receive SIV in the next year. After adjustment for significant background characteristics, concern about whether SIV and COVID-19 vaccination would negatively affect each other was associated with a lower intention to receive SIV, while a perceived higher risk of co-infection with COVID-19 and seasonal influenza was positively associated with the dependent variable. In addition, the perceived severe consequences of seasonal influenza, perceived benefits of SIV, received cues to action from doctors and participants’ family members or friends, and the perception that more older people would receive SIV was associated with a higher behavioural intention. Future programmes promoting SIV among older adults should modify perceptions related to COVID-19 vaccination and SIV at the same time. Copyright © 2023 by the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1213
JournalVaccines
Volume11
Issue number7
Early online dateJul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Citation

Liang, X., Li, J., Fang, Y., Zhang, Q., Wong, M. C. S., Yu, F.-Y., Ye, D., Chan, P. S.-F., Kawuki, J., Chen, S., Mo, P. K. H., & Wang, Z. (2023). Associations between COVID-19 vaccination and behavioural intention to receive seasonal influenza vaccination among Chinese older adults: A population-based random telephone survey. Vaccines, 11(7), Article 1213. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11071213

Keywords

  • Seasonal influenza
  • Vaccination
  • COVID-19 perceptions
  • Older adults
  • Hong Kong

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