A COVID-19 vaccine booster dose is effective and safe for older adults. This study investigated facilitators and barriers to take up a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose among older adults in Hong Kong. Participants were Chinese-speaking community-dwelling adults aged ≥65 years. Telephone numbers were randomly selected from up-to-date telephone directories. A total of 395 participants completed the telephone interview. Logistic regression models were fitted. Among the participants, 31.6% received a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. After adjustment for significant background characteristics, positive attitudes toward the booster dose, perceiving significant others would support them to receive the booster dose, and less uncertainty regarding the choice of the booster dose was associated with higher uptake of a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. Concerns about poorer responses to the booster dose due to older age and the presence of chronic conditions were negatively associated with the dependent variable. In addition, the belief that governmental promotional materials could address their concern and were helpful for them to make decisions was associated with a higher COVID-19 vaccine booster dose uptake. Improving booster dose health promotion materials, modifying perceptions, involving significant others and reducing uncertainty are potentially useful strategies to improve COVID-19 vaccine booster dose uptake among older adults. Copyright © 2022 by the authors.
CitationWang, Z., Fang, Y., Yu, F.-Y., Chan, P. S.-F., Chen, S., & Sun, F. (2022). Facilitators and barriers to take up a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose among community-dwelling older adults in Hong Kong: A population-based random telephone survey. Vaccines, 10(6). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10060966
- COVID-19 vaccine booster dose
- Older adults
- Facilitators and barriers
- Random telephone survey