Cognitive Ability Tied to COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

September 13, 2023
  • The study published in the Journal of Health Economics investigated a link between an individual’s cognitive ability and their decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The researchers found that people with higher cognitive abilities were likely to get vaccinated faster than those with lower scores.
  • Factors like education, income, and family background partially contributed to this difference, but the link between cognitive ability and vaccine uptake remained statistically significant after adjusting for these variables.
  • The study also observed that pre-booked vaccination appointments increased the vaccination rate by 12.5% for individuals with the lowest cognitive ability scores.
  • This suggests that simplifying the process for booking vaccination appointments could lead to increased vaccine uptake among individuals with lower cognitive abilities, overcoming vaccine hesitancy within this group. This way, public health interventions can effectively reach more vulnerable populations, resulting in better health outcomes.

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[Source: News Medical, September 12th, 2023]

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