- A new CDC study looked at survey data from 51,000 American adults without a disability and 5,300 adults with disabilities.
- Disabled adults were less likely than able-bodied adults to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
- It is 1.86 times more likely than people with disabilities to say they will definitely get vaccinated, despite the fact that people with disabilities
- Researchers found that adults with disabilities were more likely to believe vaccines were safe but had difficulty scheduling appointments or visiting sites
US adults with disabilities who are less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are more likely to say they want shots, a new report says.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compared people with disabilities over the age of 18 to able-bodied adults.
They found that people with disabilities were twice as likely to say they would definitely get vaccinated and more likely to say that vaccines provide protection – but they were less likely to have received at least one vaccine dose.
Adults with disabilities reported challenges including difficulty scheduling an appointment online, where to go for vaccinations, and difficulty visiting a vaccination site.
The CDC team says the findings suggest that more effort is needed to reduce barriers such as scheduling and making vaccination sites accessible to increasing vaccination rates among the disabled population.
A new CDC study found that adults with disabilities were less likely than able-bodied adults to receive at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. Pictured: Everlyne Jackson, 75, pushes her husband Elton in a wheelchair upon arrival for his COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Pomona, Calif., February 2021
Adults with disabilities were 1.6 times more likely to be ‘very’ or ‘moderately’ about contracting COVID-19 and 1.29 times more likely to have had the vaccine than ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ able-bodied adults are important for safety (above).
According to the CDC, 26 percent — more than one in four — adults in the US have some sort of disability.
These can include mobility disabilities that make walking difficult, cognitive disabilities with difficulty concentrating and remembering, blindness and deafness.
People with disabilities are more likely to have a chronic condition or live in a group setting than the general population.
These factors put them at risk of becoming become infected or seriously ill with COVID-19 Making vaccination even more important for this group.
For report good, published Thursday, CDC looked at data from the National Immunization Survey Adult COVID Module between May 30, 2021 and June 26, 2021.
Unvaccinated disabled adults were twice as likely to have difficulty scheduling an appointment online and were 3.43 times more likely to have difficulty accessing the vaccination site (above) than adults with disabilities.
They compared answers from more than 51,106 adults with no disability to 5,345 people with disabilities.
After adjusting for age, they found that disabled patients were 0.88 times less likely to receive at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose than able-bodied adults.
This is despite a high desire to get vaccinated.
People with disabilities were 1.86 times more likely than people with disabilities to definitely get vaccinated.
When they looked at illiterate adults between the two groups, adults with disabilities were 1.6 times more likely to report being ‘very’ or ‘moderate’ about contracting the virus.
They also had less vaccine hesitation and were 1.29 times more likely to say that COVID shots are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ important for protection.
The researchers found that a higher willingness to vaccinate – but not being able to do so – was associated with odds.
Disabled adults who had not yet been vaccinated were 2.7 times more likely than able-bodied adults to say it was difficult to get the shot.
Non-vaccinated disabled adults were twice as likely to have difficulty scheduling an appointment online and did not know where to go to get vaccinated.
This group was 1.7 times more likely to report that vaccination sites were not open at a convenient time and 3.43 times more likely to have difficulty getting to the vaccination site.
This may be because people with disabilities don’t have accessible public transportation or ride-shares to get to a site, don’t know how to schedule accessible transportation, or they don’t have someone to guide them to a vaccination site. Can take
The CDC authors wrote, ‘U.S. adults with a disability had lower COVID-19 vaccination coverage than those without a disability, even though adults with a disability reported less hesitation to vaccinate.
‘Reducing barriers to scheduling and making vaccination sites more accessible could improve vaccination rates among persons with disabilities.’